Poet Cecil Day Lewis with his wife Jill, son Daniel and daughter Tamasin, while reading one of the many letters congratulating him on his appointment as Poet Laureate, 2nd January 1968. (Photo by Ted West/Central Press/Getty Images)
Cecil Day-Lewis (or 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.
Cecil Day-Lewis was born in Ballintubbert, County Laois, in 1904. After his mother died in 1906, his father brought him to London, and was raised by his father and an aunt. Summers were spent with…
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