Naomi Lewis

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Naomi Lewis (3 September 1911 – 5 July 2009) was a poet and literary critic noted for her translations of children’s books, most especially Hans Christian Andersen. Inspired to write at an early age, she taught poetry appreciation and creative writing for forty years. Winning a New Statesman literary competition led her to be invited to review childrens’ books, where she became a pioneer in her field, writing many articles for newspapers and periodicals including The New York Times and The Listener. She was particularly fond of her collection of poems ‘Mardi Gras Cat’, described as ‘absolutely magical’ by A.N. Wilson. She lived in the same flat in Red Lion Square from 1935 to 2007, which became a refuge for stray cats and injured pigeons.


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