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The letters of D'Arcy Cresswell

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SIGNED AND INSCRIBED BY THE AUTHOR - 1st Edition

Walter D'Arcy Cresswell (22 January 1896 – 21 February 1960) was a New Zealand poet, journalist and writer.

In mid 1914 Cresswell went to London to further studies at the Architectural Association, and in early 1915 enlisted as a private with the Middlesex Regiment. He was wounded in France in 1916, and after convalescence joined the Corps of New Zealand Engineers, serving from 1917 until the demobilisation of 1919. He was entitled to the Victory Medal.

Cresswell famously blackmailed Charles Mackay, by outing him as a gay man.[2] Shortly after their first meeting Cresswell was shot and injured by Mackay. Cresswell survived and the Mayor was convicted of attempted murder in 1920.

Cresswell returned to London in 1921 where he spent most of the rest of his life although he retained his New Zealand links, and made several trips back home. In August 1925 Cresswell married Emily Freda Dacie (the 'Freda' of several of his poems) in the Marylebone Register Office in London. The marriage was short-lived, although a son was born early the following year. In London he eked out a somewhat precarious existence while writing and died there in 1960. A number of volumes of his poems were published over the years - some in New Zealand.
Of Walter Cresswell it was said "He is not remotely the poet he believed himself to be, and, judged on his verse alone, would long have been forgotten".

In later life he was more simply known as "D'Arcy Cresswell". This book was published in 1971 by the University of Canterbury

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SIGNED AND INSCRIBED BY THE AUTHOR - 1st Edition

Walter D'Arcy Cresswell (22 January 1896 – 21 February 1960) was a New Zealand poet, journalist and writer.

In mid 1914 Cresswell went to London to further studies at the Architectural Association, and in early 1915 enlisted as a private with the Middlesex Regiment. He was wounded in France in 1916, and after convalescence joined the Corps of New Zealand Engineers, serving from 1917 until the demobilisation of 1919. He was entitled to the Victory Medal.

Cresswell famously blackmailed Charles Mackay, by outing him as a gay man.[2] Shortly after their first meeting Cresswell was shot and injured by Mackay. Cresswell survived and the Mayor was convicted of attempted murder in 1920.

Cresswell returned to London in 1921 where he spent most of the rest of his life although he retained his New Zealand links, and made several trips back home. In August 1925 Cresswell married Emily Freda Dacie (the 'Freda' of several of his poems) in the Marylebone Register Office in London. The marriage was short-lived, although a son was born early the following year. In London he eked out a somewhat precarious existence while writing and died there in 1960. A number of volumes of his poems were published over the years - some in New Zealand.
Of Walter Cresswell it was said "He is not remotely the poet he believed himself to be, and, judged on his verse alone, would long have been forgotten".

In later life he was more simply known as "D'Arcy Cresswell". This book was published in 1971 by the University of Canterbury

Added value:
SIGNED AND INSCRIBED BY THE AUTHOR
Condition:
Used: very good
Edition:
1st Edition
Format:
Hardback

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