Overview

How unfair', wrote one national newspaper in 1951, ‘that accomplishments enough to satisfy the pride of six men should be united in Mr Day-Lewis.'  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 authorised biography tells the private story behind the many headlines that this handsome, charming ...
See more details below
C Day-Lewis: A Life

Available on NOOK devices and apps  
  • NOOK Devices
  • Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 NOOK 7.0
  • Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 NOOK 10.1
  • NOOK HD Tablet
  • NOOK HD+ Tablet
  • NOOK eReaders
  • NOOK Color
  • NOOK Tablet
  • Tablet/Phone
  • NOOK for Windows 8 Tablet
  • NOOK for iOS
  • NOOK for Android
  • NOOK Kids for iPad
  • PC/Mac
  • NOOK for Windows 8
  • NOOK for PC
  • NOOK for Mac
  • NOOK for Web

Want a NOOK? Explore Now

NOOK Book (eBook)
$28.99
BN.com price
(Save 42%)$49.99 List Price

Overview

How unfair', wrote one national newspaper in 1951, ‘that accomplishments enough to satisfy the pride of six men should be united in Mr Day-Lewis.'  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 authorised biography tells the private story behind the many headlines that this handsome, charming Anglo-Irish Poet Laureate generated in his lifetime.
With unparalleled access to Day-Lewis's archives and the recollections of first-hand witnesses, Peter Stanford traces the link between life and art to reassess the work of a poet lauded in his lifetime but whose literary reputation has latterly become a matter of controversy with Westminster Abbey refusing him the place in Poets' Corner traditionally allotted to Poets Laureate.
Day-Lewis first made his name as one of the ‘poets of the thirties', launching a communist-influenced poetic revolution alongside WH Auden and Stephen Spender that aspired to spark wholesale political change to face down fascism.
In the 1940s, ‘Red Cecil', as he had become known, broke with communism and Auden and went on to produce some of his most popular and enduring verse, prompted by his long love affair with the novelist, Rosamond Lehmann.  Torn between her and his wife, he reflected on his double life in verse and became for some the supreme poet of the divided heart.  Later, with his second wife, the actress Jill Balcon, he promoted poetry with a series of popular recitals and radio and television programmes.  Together, they had two children, Tamasin and Daniel, later an Oscar-winning actor. 
Day-Lewis was always pulled between a fulfilling domestic life and a restless desire to explore.  His travels, his exploration of his Irish roots and his infidelities are all part of the rich and many-faceted life that Peter Stanford describes.

It is, however, as a poet that he is best remembered, and the poetry itself, often autobiographical, forms an integral part of this intriguing and long-overdue biography.
Read More Show Less

Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781441120564
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury USA
  • Publication date: 5/27/2007
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 384
  • File size: 2 MB

Meet the Author

Peter Stanford is a writer, broadcaster and biographer, whose books include biographies of Lord Longford, C Day-Lewis, and the Devil and the travelogue, The Extra Mile. A former editor of the Catholic Herald, he writes for The Daily Telegraph, The Independent on Sunday and The Observer and has a regular column in The Tablet. www.peterstanford.co.uk
Read More Show Less

Table of Contents

Prologue
Part One: Youth
1. Never of a land rightfully ours
2. A Hostile Land to Spy
3. A Land of Milk and Honey
4. Black Frost of My Youth
5. Rip Van Winkle Forest
6. The Sunless Stream
7. Eldorados Close to Hand
Part Two: The Thirties
8. The Tow-Haired Poet
9. Lust to Love
10. Farewell Adolescent Moon
11. Radiance from ashes arises
12. Make Your Choice
13. Terra Incognita
14. On A Tilting Deck
15. Dreams Dared Imagine
16. No Man's Land
17. Earth Shakes Beneath Us
Part Three: At War
18. Where Are The War Poets?
19. The Magic Answer
20. The Maturing Field
21. That It Should End So
22. Grinding Himself to Powder
23. Now Comes the Zero
24. In A Dream
Part Four: A Kind of Peace
25. The Estate of Simple Being
26. Find Our Balance
27. Self-Betrayal
28. Change of Address
29. Easing Away
30. Haunted by Darkness
31. Second Childhood
32. Old Captain Death
Epilogue
Acknowledgements
Read More Show Less

Customer Reviews

Be the first to write a review
( 0 )
Rating Distribution

5 Star

(0)

4 Star

(0)

3 Star

(0)

2 Star

(0)

1 Star

(0)

Your Rating:

Your Name: Create a Pen Name or

Barnes & Noble.com Review Rules

Our reader reviews allow you to share your comments on titles you liked, or didn't, with others. By submitting an online review, you are representing to Barnes & Noble.com that all information contained in your review is original and accurate in all respects, and that the submission of such content by you and the posting of such content by Barnes & Noble.com does not and will not violate the rights of any third party. Please follow the rules below to help ensure that your review can be posted.

Reviews by Our Customers Under the Age of 13

We highly value and respect everyone's opinion concerning the titles we offer. However, we cannot allow persons under the age of 13 to have accounts at BN.com or to post customer reviews. Please see our Terms of Use for more details.

What to exclude from your review:

Please do not write about reviews, commentary, or information posted on the product page. If you see any errors in the information on the product page, please send us an email.

Reviews should not contain any of the following:

  • - HTML tags, profanity, obscenities, vulgarities, or comments that defame anyone
  • - Time-sensitive information such as tour dates, signings, lectures, etc.
  • - Single-word reviews. Other people will read your review to discover why you liked or didn't like the title. Be descriptive.
  • - Comments focusing on the author or that may ruin the ending for others
  • - Phone numbers, addresses, URLs
  • - Pricing and availability information or alternative ordering information
  • - Advertisements or commercial solicitation

Reminder:

  • - By submitting a review, you grant to Barnes & Noble.com and its sublicensees the royalty-free, perpetual, irrevocable right and license to use the review in accordance with the Barnes & Noble.com Terms of Use.
  • - Barnes & Noble.com reserves the right not to post any review -- particularly those that do not follow the terms and conditions of these Rules. Barnes & Noble.com also reserves the right to remove any review at any time without notice.
  • - See Terms of Use for other conditions and disclaimers.
Search for Products You'd Like to Recommend

Recommend other products that relate to your review. Just search for them below and share!

Create a Pen Name

Your Pen Name is your unique identity on BN.com. It will appear on the reviews you write and other website activities. Your Pen Name cannot be edited, changed or deleted once submitted.

 
Your Pen Name can be any combination of alphanumeric characters (plus - and _), and must be at least two characters long.

Continue Anonymously

    If you find inappropriate content, please report it to Barnes & Noble
    Why is this product inappropriate?
    Comments (optional)