DAY LEWIS, CECIL. 1904-1972.
Autograph Manuscript Signed ("C. Day Lewis"), 300 pp primarily rectos only, legal folio, [England, 1939], in 3 plain cloth-bound notebooks, light wear to notebook bindings, contents fine.
AUTOGRAPH MANUSCRIPT OF THE MYSTERY NOVEL, CHILD OF MISFORTUNE, divided in three sections, "Family Groups," "Myth In Action," and "High Places." With frequent holograph amendments, additions and deletions, usually about 4 or 5 per page. Day Lewis has inscribed the first flyleaf, "If lost, please return to C. Day Lewis c/o Jonathan Cape, 30 Bedford Square, London W.C.1." The radical poet Day Lewis first turned his hand to detective fiction in 1935 to earn funds to repair the roof of his cottage. After the success of A Question of Proof (published under the pseudonym Nicholas Blake) he obtained a 3-year contract with Cape guaranteeing £300 per year to write novels, of which Child of Misfortune was the last.
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