Lewis Further Reading - Essay

Further Reading

(Poetry Criticism)


Handley-Taylor, Geoffrey, and D'Arch Smith, Timothy. C. Day Lewis, The Poet Laureate: A Bibliography. Chicago: St. James Press, 1968, 42 p.

Bibliography with introductory letter by W. H. Auden.


Riddel, Joseph N. C. Day Lewis. New York: Twayne, 1971, 162 p.

Combines critical study of Day Lewis's work with biographical information. Contains a selected bibliography.


Dyment, Clifford. C. Day Lewis. Revised edition. London: longmans, Green & Co., 1969, 45 p.

Overview of Day Lewis's poetry.

Hynes, Samuel. "The Recovery of Privacy." Times Literary Supplement, No. 3908 (4 February 1977): 129-30.

Surveys Day Lewis's poetical achievements, calling the writer "a decent minor poet." Hynes also points out the various influences on Day Lewis's work.

Mahon, Derek. "All You Need Is Love." New Statesman 93, No. 2394 (4 February 1977): 158.

Provides commentary on Day Lewis's poetic style and a general assessment of his career.

McCabe, Bernard. "'Necessary Murder': Spender & Auden in the 30's." Commentary 67, No. 2 (February 1979): 51-7.

Looks at the time during which Auden, Spender, and Day Lewis lived and the impact of historical events on their writings.

Poster, Jem. "Between Two Fires: C. Day Lewis." In The Thirties Poets, pp. 52-61. Buckingham, England: Open University Press, 1993.

Analyzes "The Conflict," one of two political poems by Day Lewis that, according to the poet, are "of any value."

Smith, Edward Elton. "C. Day-Lewis: The Iron Lyricist." In his The Angry Young Men of the Thirties, pp. 1-34. Carbondale: Southern Illinois University Press, 1975.

Surveys some of the principal philosophic themes of the 1930's as evinced in Day Lewis's poetry.

Additional coverage of Day Lewis's life and career is contained in the following sources published by Gale Research: Contemporary Authors, Vols. 13-16, 33-36 (rev. ed.); Contemporary Authors New Revision Series, Vol. 34; Contemporary Authors Permanent Series, Vol. 1; Contemporary Literary Criticism, Vols. 1, 6, 10; Dictionary of Literary Biography, Vols. 15, 20, 77; and Major 20th-century Writers.