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Day-Lewis gives poet dad’s work to Oxford

This publicity film image released by Walt Disney Pictures shows Daniel Day-Lewis portraying Abraham Lincoln in the film "Lincoln."  The film, directed by Steven Spielberg, opens in limited release Nov. 9 and nationwide Nov. 16, just after the U.S. presidential election. (AP Photo/Disney-DreamWorks II, David James)

This publicity film image released by Walt Disney Pictures shows Daniel Day-Lewis portraying Abraham Lincoln in the film "Lincoln." The film, directed by Steven Spielberg, opens in limited release Nov. 9 and nationwide Nov. 16, just after the U.S. presidential election. (AP Photo/Disney-DreamWorks II, David James) Purchase photo reprints »

The archive, which fills 54 boxes, includes early drafts of the poet’s work, as well as letters from actor John Gielgud and famous literary figures such as W.H. Auden, Robert Graves and Philip Larkin.

Daniel Day-Lewis stars this year in the much-anticipated film “Lincoln,” about the assassinated U.S. president. He and his sister, Tamasin, said Tuesday they are thrilled that their father’s papers will be housed at Oxford’s Bodleian Libraries and become accessible to students and researchers.

Cecil Day-Lewis, who studied classics and became poetry professor at Oxford, was appointed the U.K. poet laureate in 1968. He also wrote mystery novels and stories under the name of Nicholas Blake. He died in 1972.

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