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Thom Gunn (29 August 1929 - 25 April 2004) was an Anglo-American poet. He was born Thomson William Gunn in Gravesend, Kent, the son of Bert Gunn. In his youth, he attended University College School in Hampstead, London. Later, he studied English literature at Trinity College, Cambridge, graduated in 1953, and published his first collection of verse, Fighting Terms, the following year.

In 1954, Gunn emigrated to the United States to teach writing at Stanford University and to remain close to his partner, Mike Kitay, whom he had met while at college. Gunn taught at the University of California at Berkeley from 1958 to 1966 and again from 1973 to 1990.

In 2004 he died in his sleep at his home in the Haight Ashbury neighborhood in San Francisco, where he had lived since 1960.

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