Cecil Day-Lewis

Born Apr 27, 1904
Hometown County Laois
Died May 22, 1972
Death Place Hadley Wood
Nationality Ireland
Other Names Day Lewis, C

Cecil Day-Lewis CBE (27 April 1904 – 22 May 1972) was an Anglo-Irish poet and the Poet Laureate of the United Kingdom from 1968 until his death in 1972. 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.… Read More

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1904 Birth Born on April 27, 1904.
1906 2 Years Old After the death of his mother in 1906, Cecil Day-Lewis was brought up in London by his father, with the help of an aunt, spending summer holidays with relatives in County Wexford. … Read More


1925 21 Years Old His first collection of poems, Beechen Vigil, appeared in 1925.
1928 24 Years Old In 1928 he married Constance Mary King, the daughter of a Sherborne master (i.e. teacher), and worked as a schoolmaster in three schools. … Read More


1946 42 Years Old In 1946, Day-Lewis was a lecturer at Cambridge University, publishing his lectures in The Poetic Image (1947).
1951 47 Years Old 1 More Event
His first marriage was dissolved in 1951, and he married actress Jill Balcon, daughter of Michael Balcon. … Read More


1962 58 Years Old From 1962-63, he was the Norton Professor at Harvard University.


1968 64 Years Old He was appointed Poet Laureate in 1968, in succession to John Masefield. … Read More
1972 68 Years Old Cecil Day-Lewis died from pancreatic cancer on 22 May 1972, aged 68, at the Hertfordshire home of Kingsley Amis and Elizabeth Jane Howard, where he and his wife were staying. … Read More
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