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Gascoyne, David, 1916-2001

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Dates

  • Existence: 1916 - 2001

David Gascoyne was born October 10, 1916 in Harrow, London, England. He published his first book of poetry in 1932 at the age of 16, and his subsequent publications quickly established his reputation as one of a small group of English surrealists.

Gascoyne spent the years just before World War II in Paris, where he became friendly with Salvador Dalí, Max Ernst, André Breton, Paul Éluard and Pierre Jean Jouve. His poetry of this period was published in Poems 1937-1942 (1943) with illustrations by the artist Graham Sutherland.

It was in Whitecroft Hospital on the Isle of Wight that Gascoyne met his wife, Judy Lewis. They married in 1975. David Gascoyne died on 25 November 2001 at the age of 85.
Citation
Author: Benn P. Joseph

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David Gascoyne Library Collection

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Identifier: MS 167
Abstract David Gascoyne was born October 10, 1916 in Harrow, London, England. He published his first book of poetry in 1932 at the age of 16, and his subsequent publications quickly established his reputation as one of a small group of English surrealists.The collection includes greeting cards, postcards, letters, pamphlets, and various ephemera removed from books that were part of Gascoyne’s personal library, and were purchased by the Charles Deering McCormick Library of Special...