Nicholas Blake (595 words)


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Nicholas Blake was the pen-name used by the English poet and critic Cecil Day-Lewis (1904-72: see our separate article under that name) for the publication of his detective mystery novels and thrillers. Meanwhile, his poems and critical writings appeared under an unhyphenated form of his name, as works by C. Day Lewis. He turned to writing detective fiction in 1934 because the cost of repairing the roof of his Gloucestershire cottage could not be covered by his salary as a schoolmaster. His earnings as “Nicholas Blake” soon allowed him to give up teaching for writing full-time. The chosen pseudonym was a combination of his second son’s forename with his mother’s middle name.

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Citation: Baldick, Chris. "Nicholas Blake". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 28 April 2020 [, accessed 24 February 2021.]

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