Poems: Maurice Craig

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Poems: Maurice Craig

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Poems is the first collection of Maurice Craig's poetry since the 1940s, celebrating the nonagenarian's life following his passing in May 2011. Selected and edited by Professor Andrew Carpenter, with an introductory essay by Lucy Collins. Though he is best known for his books of architectural history, most notably the celebrated Dublin 1660-1860, as a young man Maurice was a prolific and highly respected poet. His poems touch on the universal themes of love, loss, and the beauty of the natural and man-made worlds, and are written in a spare, clean style, in powerful language. Poems is a remarkable collection which has introduced the work of this fine poet to a new generation of readers.

Maurice Craig was born in Belfast in 1919 and educated at Castle Park, Dalkey and Shrewsbury School before going on to Magdalene College, Cambridge and Trinity College, Dublin. He wrote on subjects as diverse as Irish bookbindings, biography, poetry and topography but is best-remembered for his books on architectural subjects. His seminal Dublin 1660-1860 (also published by Liberties Press) appeared in 1952 and, remarkably, has been in print ever since.

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