Poems: Maurice Craig

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Poems: Maurice Craig

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This is the first collection of Maurice Craig's poetry since the 1940s, celebrating the nonagenarian's life following his recent passing in May 2011. Selected and edited by Professor Andrew Carpenter, UCD with an introductory essay by Lucy Collins. Maurice Craig, Ireland's most distinguished architectural historian, was born in Belfast in 1919 and educated in Dalkey and at Shrewsbury School, Magdalene College Cambridge and Trinity College Dublin. 

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 that aims to introduce the work of this fine poet to a new generation of readers.

About the Author 

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 appeared in 1952 and was followed by further ground-breaking works, including Classic Irish Houses of the Middle Size (which was also recently reissued) and The Architecture of Ireland from the Earliest Times to 1880. Maurice's interest in and understanding of architecture came through clearly in his photography. Since he took up the camera and pen in the 1940s, Maurice recorded buildings of all types and periods, exploiting to the full his uncanny ability to highlight the key features of a building or neighbourhood. Maurice passed away on 11 May 2011.

ISBN: 9781907593178

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