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Daniel Day-Lewis Donates Father's Archive to Oxford University

October 30, 2012  |  1:45pm
Daniel Day-Lewis Donates Father's Archive to Oxford University

Daniel Day-Lewis is donating some special work to Oxford University. The Associated Press reported that the actor is donating papers that belonged to his father, acclaimed poet Cecil Day-Lewis.

Cecil had a deep history with Oxford University. He began as a student there studying the classics and would eventually go back as a professor of poetry. In 1968 he was appointed the United Kingdom’s poet laureate. Cecil died in 1972.

Now his son Daniel and daughter Tamasin are donating Cecil’s work to the University. The archive includes 54 boxes filled with papers from the late poet. Everything from his early drafts of work, to letters from literary figures like W.H. Auden, Robert Graves and Philip Larkin fill up the boxes. A letter from actor John Gielgud is also included.

Cecil’s archive will now be accessible for Oxford’s students as well as researchers and is being housed in the university’s Bodleian Libraries.

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