C. (Cecil) Day Lewis letters to Terence Tiller

Biographical and Historical Notes

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

British poet and novelist C. (Cecil) Day Lewis (1904-1972) was Poet Laureate of the United Kingdom from 1968 until his death in 1972.

Day Lewis' career as a writer is marked by numerous collections of poetry, twenty-one crime novels under the pseudonym Nicholas Blake, and various translations, essays, and other fiction works. Among many other professional assignments, Day Lewis was a senior reader and member of the board of directors for publisher Chatto and Windus.


Sean Day-Lewis, "Lewis, Cecil Day- (1904-1972)." Oxford Dictionary of National Biography, Oxford University Press, 2004; online ed., Jan 2013. http://www.oxforddnb.com/view/article/31014 (accessed April 10, 2014).

"C(ecil) Day Lewis." Contemporary Authors Online (reproduced in Gale Biography In Context). http://ic.galegroup.com (accessed April 10, 2014).

Scope and Content Note

British poet C. (Cecil) Day Lewis wrote five short letters to poet and broadcaster Terence Tiller in 1955 and 1963 to accompany poems [not present] intended for radio broadcast.

In the letters, Day Lewis discusses his recently written "Pegasus," "Psyche," and "Baucis and Philemon" poems and references the 1946 merge of Leonard and Virginia Woolf's Hogarth Press with Chatto and Windus.