David Emery Gascoyne (1916-2001), Poet
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Gascoyne's first collection Roman Balcony and other Poems was published when he was sixteen. That same year he travelled to Paris, drawn to the avant-garde experimentation. In the late 1930s he abandoned surrealist prose after discovering the poems of Pierre Jean Jouve (1887-1976) and enjoyed critical success with works including 'Man's Life is this Meat' (1936) and 'Requiem' (1950). In the 1960s he suffered from depression and while a psychiatric patient Gascoyne met his future wife, Judy Lewis, who helped him recover from depression. In 1996 he was awarded the 'Chevalier de L'Ordre des Arts et des Lettres.'