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Ronald Duncan Biography

(1914–82), This Way to the Tomb, The Rape of Lucretia, Collected Plays, The Mongrel

collected verse poet

British poet and dramatist, born in Salisbury, Rhodesia, educated at Cambridge University. He gained wide recognition for the verse-drama This Way to the Tomb (1946), a ‘masque and anti-masque’ with music by Benjamin Britten, for whose opera The Rape of Lucretia (1946) he supplied a libretto; Collected Plays appeared in 1971. He was among the founders of the English Stage Company in 1956. As a poet he displayed a high level of conventional accomplishment in modes ranging from humorous verse to philosophically ambitious meditations. Collections of his work include The Mongrel (1950) and For the Fear (1977); Collected Poems was published in 1981. He produced three volumes of provocative and entertaining autobiography, All Men Are Islands (1964), How To Make Enemies (1968), and Obsessed (1977).

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