I do not sit down at my desk to put into verse something that is already clear in my mind. If it were clear in my mind, I should have no incentive or need to write about it…. We do not write in order to be understood; we write in order to understand.
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|Birth:||27th April, 1904|
|Death:||22nd May, 1972|
|Profession:||Novelist, Poet, Professor|
Cecil Day-Lewis was born in Ballintubbert, Queen's County, Ireland. He was a British novelist and poet. He also wrote mystery stories under the pseudonym of Nicholas Blake. He is the father of actor Daniel Day-Lewis and documentary filmmaker and television chef Tamasin Day-Lewis. He was educated at Sherborne School and at Wadham College, Oxford. His first collection of poems, Beechen Vigil, appeared in 1925. He taught poetry at Oxford, where he was Professor of Poetry from 1951 to 1956. During 1962–1963, he was the Norton Professor at Harvard University. From the mid-1930s he was able to earn his living by writing. Four of the Blake novels – A Tangled Web, Penknife in My Heart, The Deadly Joker, The Private Wound – do not feature Strangeways.
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