Monday 23 April 2018

Day-Lewis thrilled as his father's manuscripts go to Oxford

Allison Bray and Robert Dex

OSCAR-WINNING actor Daniel Day-Lewis said he is honoured to hand over manuscripts by his famous poet father Cecil Day-Lewis to the prestigious Bodleian Libraries at Oxford University.

The 55-year-old actor, pictured, who lives in a sprawling estate near Annamoe, Co Wicklow, said he was "thrilled" to hand over archival material to the university where his Irish-born Poet Laureate father once studied.

Cecil Day-Lewis was born in Stradbally, Co Laois and spent summers visiting Co Wexford before attending Oxford. Contemporaries there included fellow poet WH Auden and actors John Gielgud and Alec Guinness.

The collection of his early papers fills 54 boxes and includes early drafts of his work as well as personal correspondence to his friends and fellow writers.

The actor and his sister Tamasin Day-Lewis said: "Oxford played an important part in our father's life.

"The poets who became papa's lifelong friends and peers all met up at Oxford," they said.

Irish Independent

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