Day Lewis, C. (Cecil), 1904-1972

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Cecil Day Lewis was a British poet and writer of detective stories under the name Nicholas Blake. The University of Victoria Libraries Special Collections has a mandate to acquire literary papers.

From the description of Cecil Day Lewis collection. [1929-ca. 1930s]. (University of Victoria Libraries). WorldCat record id: 667848431

Cecil Day-Lewis was born on 27 April 1904 at Ballintubbet in Ireland, the only child of the Reverend Frank Cecil Day-Lewis, a Church of Ireland curate, and his wife, Kathleen Blake. His mother died when he was four and he was brought up in London by his father and an aunt. He was educated at Wadham College, Oxford. He was a contemporary and admirer of W H Auden. His early volumes of verse included Beechen Vigil (1925) and Country Comets (1928). He 1928 he married Constance Mary King and took a teaching post near Larchfield School near Glasgow. To support a growing family he began to write detective novels under the pseudnym, Nicholas Blake. Success encouraged him to abandon teaching for a writing and political career and in 1935 he joined the Communist Party. In 1938 he moved to Devon and devoted himself to poetry. He published several more volumes of verse including Poems 1943-1947 (1948). He worked for the Ministry of Information during the war and for Chatto and Windus after the war. His marriage was dissolved in 1951, after several affairs, and he married Jill Balcon. In 1968 he became port laureate and was elected to the Irish Academy of Letters. His final volume of verse was The Whispering Roots (1970). He died in 1972 (Dictionary of National Biography).

From the guide to the Letter of Cecil Day-Lewis, "Wednesday" (December, 20th century), (Hull University, Brynmor Jones Library)

English poet.

From the description of Letters : to Andrew Wright, 1962-1965. (University of California, San Diego). WorldCat record id: 33122760

From the description of Autograph note signed : [n.p.], to Tom Turner, [n.d.]. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 270877614

English poet laureate.

From the description of Beauty's end : [n.p.] : autograph manuscript fair copy of the poem signed, [n.d.]. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 270536003

Author C. Day Lewis was born in Ireland, and raised in England. An underachiever at Oxford, he met W.H. Auden there; the two became friends, and Day Lewis's early poems were clearly influenced by Auden's radical genius. His early verse had a dynamic complexity that gradually gave way to more traditional lyric poetry; his reputation rests primarily on his association with the Auden-Spender group of the 1920s and 1930s. He also wrote novels, criticism, and many mystery stories, and his literary career culminated in his appointment as Poet Laureate in 1968.

From the description of C. Day Lewis letters and poems, 1926-1971. (Pennsylvania State University Libraries). WorldCat record id: 61104056

Cecil Day-Lewis (1904-1972) was an Irish-born British poet, author, and professor. During his long career, he published multiple volumes of poetry and collected essays, as well as several translations of classical texts. In 1968, he was appointed Poet Laureate. Under the name "Nicholas Blake," Day-Lewis wrote a series of detective novels. He taught at Cambridge and Oxford, and later at Harvard.

From the guide to the Cecil Day-Lewis Papers, 1935-1968, (Special Collections, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, Blacksburg, Va.)

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creatorOf Day Lewis, C. (Cecil), 1904-1972. [Letter] 1967 March 14, London [to] Dorothy Donahue, Florence, MA / C. Day Lewis. The Sage Colleges Libraries
referencedIn Lowell-Adams House Printers papers, 1964-1972 (inclusive) 1964-1966 (bulk). Houghton Library, , Harvard College Library, Harvard University
creatorOf Cecil Day-Lewis Papers, 1935-1968 Special Collections, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, Blacksburg, Va.
creatorOf De la Mare, Walter, 1873-1956. Autograph letter signed with initials : Old Park, Penn [near High Wycombe], to Tom Turner / 1948 Feb. 11. Pierpont Morgan Library.
creatorOf Day Lewis, C. (Cecil), 1904-1972. Typed letter signed : London, to Gerald Fox, 1969 Dec. 31. Pierpont Morgan Library.
creatorOf Abse, Dannie. Nimbus magazine archive, 1945-1962. Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center
creatorOf Parker, Derek. Collection, 1955-1970. Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center
creatorOf Letter of Cecil Day-Lewis, "Wednesday" (December, 20th century) Hull University, Brynmor Jones Library
referencedIn Elizabeth Bowen Collection TXRC98-A19., 1923-1975 Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center
referencedIn Howard, Elizabeth Jane. Papers of Elizabeth Jane Howard, 1933-2009. Huntington Library, Art Collections & Botanical Gardens
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referencedIn Frederic Dannay Papers, ca.1920-1982. Columbia University. Rare Book and Manuscript Library,
creatorOf Bowen, Elizabeth, 1899-1973. Papers of Elizabeth Bowen, 1934-1946 (bulk 1944-1946). Huntington Library, Art Collections & Botanical Gardens
creatorOf Day Lewis, C. (Cecil), 1904-1972. Cecil Day Lewis collection. [1929-ca. 1930s]. University of Victoria Libraries, UVic
referencedIn Osborne, E. Allen (Eric Allen), 1906-. Eric Allen Osborne papers concerning In letters of red, 1935-1938. Yale University Library
referencedIn Crime Writers' Association (Great Britain). Crime Writers' Association letters, 1958-1972. Columbia University in the City of New York, Columbia University Libraries
creatorOf Landau, Rom, 1899-1974. The Rom Landau Collection, 1899-1965. University of California, Santa Barbara, UCSB Library
creatorOf Day Lewis, C. (Cecil), 1904-1972. Letter to Paul [Engle]. Devon, Eng. [1939?] Dec. 16. University of Iowa Libraries
referencedIn Marjorie Battcock Collection, 1952-1960 Special Collections Research Center, Syracuse University Libraries
referencedIn Lewis Gannett papers, 1681-1966 (inclusive) 1900-1960 (bulk). Houghton Library, , Harvard College Library, Harvard University
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referencedIn Jacques Barzun Papers, ca.1900-1999. Columbia University. Rare Book and Manuscript Library,
creatorOf Auden, W. H. (Wystan Hugh), 1907-1973. W.H. Auden and Chester Kallman Collection, 1929-1976. Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center
referencedIn Dannay, Frederic, 1905-1982. Papers, ca.1920-1982. Columbia University in the City of New York, Columbia University Libraries
creatorOf Monro, Alida Klemantaski. Correspondence of Alida Klemantaski Monro, 1933. University of Virginia. Library
creatorOf De la Mare, Walter, 1873-1956. Typed letter signed with initials : Old Park, Penn [near High Wycombe], to Tom Turner / 1948 Nov. 4. Pierpont Morgan Library.
creatorOf De la Mare, Walter, 1873-1956. Typed letter signed with initials : Old Park, Penn [near High Wycombe], to Tom Turner / 1948 Jan. 7. Pierpont Morgan Library.
creatorOf Blunden, Edmund, 1896-1974. Letters (45) and postcards (4) by various English poets, 1933-1969. Pierpont Morgan Library.
creatorOf Pudney, John, 1909-1977. Papers, 1850-1977 (bulk 1926-1976). Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center
creatorOf Day Lewis, C. (Cecil), 1904-1972. Autograph note signed : [n.p.], to Tom Turner, [n.d.]. Pierpont Morgan Library.
referencedIn Hampton, Christopher, 1946-. Christopher Hampton papers, 1971-1972. Columbia University in the City of New York, Columbia University Libraries
creatorOf Bowen, Elizabeth, 1899-1973. Elizabeth Bowen Collection, 1923-1975. Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center
creatorOf Day Lewis, C. (Cecil), 1904-1972. Miscellaneous manuscripts, 1933-1951. University of Pennsylvania Libraries, Van Pelt Library
referencedIn Samuels, Jack Harris, d. 1966,. English and American literary manuscripts and letters collection, 1663-1964. Columbia University in the City of New York, Columbia University Libraries
referencedIn Bell, Martín. Martin Bell papers, 1958-1967. The University of Tulsa, McFarlin Library
referencedIn University of Connecticut Libraries Records, undated, 1882- Archives and Special Collections at the Thomas J. Dodd Research Center, University of Connecticut Libraries
creatorOf Day Lewis, C. (Cecil), 1904-1972. C. Day Lewis letters and poems, 1926-1971. Pennsylvania State University Libraries
creatorOf Frost, Robert, 1874-1963. Correspondence. 1957. Dartmouth College Library
referencedIn Barzun, Jacques, 1907-. Jacques Barzun papers, ca.1900-1999. Columbia University in the City of New York, Columbia University Libraries
referencedIn Sir Hugh Walpole collection of papers, 1909-1962, 1913-1937 The New York Public Library. Henry W. and Albert A. Berg Collection of English and American Literature.
referencedIn Couzyn, Jeni. Jeni Couzyn papers 1969-1971. Columbia University in the City of New York, Columbia University Libraries
referencedIn Derek Parker Collection TXRC96-A45., 1955-1970 Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center
creatorOf Day Lewis, C. (Cecil), 1904-1972. Correspondence with Theodore Dreiser, 1938. University of Pennsylvania Libraries, Van Pelt Library
referencedIn Robert Graves collection of papers, 1914-1975 The New York Public Library. Henry W. and Albert A. Berg Collection of English and American Literature.
referencedIn Inventory of the Roy Fuller Correspondence with Julian Symons and Jack Clark LIT/Fuller MSS 00068., 1937-1992 Cushing Memorial Library,
creatorOf Day Lewis, C. (Cecil), 1904-1972. Beauty's end : [n.p.] : autograph manuscript fair copy of the poem signed, [n.d.]. Pierpont Morgan Library.
referencedIn Blunden, Edmund, 1896-1974. Papers, 1922-1986. Columbia University in the City of New York, Columbia University Libraries
creatorOf De la Mare, Walter, 1873-1956. Autograph letter signed with initials : Twickenham [London], to Tom Turner / 1948 Nov. 23. Pierpont Morgan Library.
referencedIn Dyment, Clifford, 1914-1971. Papers, 1939-1970. Temple University Libraries, Paley Library
referencedIn Eric Allen Osborne papers concerning In letters of red, 1935-1938 Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library
referencedIn Howard Griffin collection of papers, 1942-1975 The New York Public Library. Henry W. and Albert A. Berg Collection of English and American Literature.
creatorOf Arlott, John. Manuscripts (ca. 19) of poems, many related to World War II, 1937-1969. Pierpont Morgan Library.
referencedIn Stanford University Press archival book copies, 1900-2012 Cecil H. Green Library. Department of Special Collections and University Archives
referencedIn Nimbus Magazine Records TXRC94-A20., 1945-1962 Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center
creatorOf Day Lewis, C. (Cecil), 1904-1972. Moods of love : typescript signed of the poem : [n.p., n.d.]. Pierpont Morgan Library.
creatorOf Finlay, Ian Hamilton,. Ian Hamilton Finlay correspondence, 1962-1969. A-F. The Sage Colleges Libraries
referencedIn Harvard University Archives Photograph Collection: Portraits, ca. 1852-ca. 2004 Harvard University Archives.
creatorOf Day Lewis, C. (Cecil), 1904-1972. Letter to [Alex?] Comfort. London, Eng. [19--] Sept. 18. University of Iowa Libraries
referencedIn Haines, John W. Letter, 1937 December 2, Hucclecote, Glos, to Richard Thornton, [n.p.]. Dartmouth College Library
referencedIn Silkin, Jon. Jon Silkin Papers, 1952-1956. University of Florida
creatorOf Walpole, Hugh, Sir, 1884-1941. Sir Hugh Walpole collection of papers, 1909-1962 bulk (1913-1937). New York Public Library System, NYPL
creatorOf Day Lewis, C. (Cecil), 1904-1972. Letters : to Andrew Wright, 1962-1965. University of California, San Diego, UC San Diego Library; UCSD Library
referencedIn John Pudney Papers TXRC95-A1., 1850-1977, (bulk 1926-1976) Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center
creatorOf Day Lewis, C. (Cecil), 1904-1972. A penknife in the heart : Nicholas Blake : manuscript, undated. Harvard University, Houghton Library
referencedIn Charles Fenby Papers, 1919-1974 Modern Records Centre, University of Warwick
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associatedWith Auden, W. H. (Wystan Hugh), 1907-1973. person
associatedWith Barzun, Jacques, 1907- person
associatedWith Battcock, Marjorie. person
correspondedWith Bell, Martín. person
associatedWith Bett, W. R. (Walter Reginald), 1903- person
associatedWith Blunden, Edmund, 1896-1974. person
associatedWith Bowen, Elizabeth, 1899-1973 person
associatedWith Butt, James, person
associatedWith Church Richard fl mid 20th century poet person
associatedWith Comfort, Alexander, 1920-2000, person
associatedWith Couzyn, Jeni. person
associatedWith Crime Writers' Association (Great Britain) corporateBody
associatedWith Dannay, Frederic, 1905-1982. person
associatedWith De la Mare, Walter, 1873-1956. person
associatedWith Dyment, Clifford, 1914-1971. person
associatedWith Engle, Paul, 1908-1991, person
associatedWith Fox, Gerald, person
associatedWith Frost, Robert, 1874-1963. person
correspondedWith Fuller, Roy Broadbent, 1912- person
correspondedWith Gannett, Lewis, 1891-1966 person
associatedWith Graves, Robert, 1895-1985 person
associatedWith Griffin, Howard, 1915-1975 person
associatedWith Grigson, Geoffrey, 1905-1985. person
associatedWith Haines, John W. person
associatedWith Hampton, Christopher, 1946- person
associatedWith Hardiment, Melville, person
associatedWith Howard, Elizabeth Jane. person
associatedWith Landau, Rom, 1899-1974. person
correspondedWith Lowell-Adams House Printers. corporateBody
associatedWith Melhado, Frederick, person
associatedWith Monro, Alida Klemantaski. person
associatedWith Montgomery, John, 1916- person
associatedWith Nimbus: A Magazine of Literature, the Arts, and New Ideas corporateBody
associatedWith Osborne, E. Allen (Eric Allen), 1906- person
associatedWith Parker, Derek, 1932- person
associatedWith Pudney, John, 1909-1977 person
associatedWith Quian, Carlos. person
associatedWith Ray, Gordon Norton, 1915- person
associatedWith Roberts, Denys Kilham, 1903-1976, person
associatedWith Samuels, Jack Harris, d. 1966, person
associatedWith Silkin, Jon. person
associatedWith Stanford University. Press. corporateBody
associatedWith Stanley-Wrench, Margaret, person
associatedWith Turner, Tom, b. 1870, person
associatedWith University of Connecticut. University of Connecticut Libraries. corporateBody
associatedWith Walpole, Hugh, Sir, 1884-1941. person
associatedWith Wright, Andrew H., person
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Male authors, English--20th century--Correspondence
Authors, English--20th century--Correspondence
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Birth 1904-04-27

Death 1972-05-22

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