Waiting for Cecil: A Widow's Tale
A biographer of the late poet Cecil Day-Lewis turned to an unlikely source for insight into his indiscretions: the poet's widow.
The source: “The Literary Wife: Working With the Widow” by Peter Stanford, in The Independent, May 20, 2007.
Some biographers prefer that their work be grounded in the written record, untouched by the memories and myths of family and intimate friends. Most to be shunned, perhaps, is the devoted wife. “The figure of the literary widow, guarding the great man’s work and tending the flame of his...