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C Day-Lewis : a life

Author: Peter Stanford
Publisher: London ; New York : Continuum, 2007.
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : Biography : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"Poet, translator of classical texts, novelist, detective writer (under the pen-name Nicholas Blake), performer and, at that time, Professor of Poetry at Oxford, C Day-Lewis had many careers all at once. This first authorized biography tells the private story behind the many headlines that this handsome Anglo-Irish Poet Laureate generated in his lifetime." "Day-Lewis made his name as one of the 'poets of the 1930s',  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
Biography
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Stanford, Peter, 1961-
C Day-Lewis.
London ; New York : Continuum, 2007
(DLC) 2007299067
(OCoLC)77796706
Named Person: C Day Lewis; Cecil Day Lewis; C Day Lewis
Material Type: Biography, Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Peter Stanford
ISBN: 9781441139740 1441139745
OCLC Number: 729252835
Description: 1 online resource (x, 368 p., [8] p. of plates) : ill.
Contents: Birth and childhood, reading Greats at Oxford; The thirties: Day-Lewis' declared communism and the 'Auden Gang' or 'MacSpaunday' poets; The forties: abandonment of politics, world war, love affair with Rosamund Lehmann; translations of Greek classics; The fifties: marriage to Jill Balcon, work as a managing editor at Chatto and Windus and lucrative lecture tours of the States; A year as visiting lecturer at Harvard in 1964; Death from cancer and his legacy as a poet.
Responsibility: Peter Stanford.

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With access to Day-Lewis' archives and the recollections of first-hand witnesses, the author traces the link between life and art to reassess the work of a poet lauded in his lifetime but whose  Read more...

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