Monday, April 27, 2015

4/27/1904 NIcholas Blake is born

April 27, 1904.  Cecil Day-Lewis arrived this day in Ballintubbert, Ireland.  He reached great success for his verse, becoming the poet laureate in 1968.  But what interests us today is that in 1935 Day-Lewis concluded, as many others have, that there wasn't enough money in poetry, so he wrote a crime novel.  A Question of Proof introduced amateur sleuth Nigel Strangeways, supposedly modeled on the author's mentor, W.H. Auden.  He went on to write 19 more crime novels (through 1968), most featuring Strangeways.

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