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David Gascoyne had a prolific career as a poet, artist and translator. Born in Harrow, Middlesex, Gascoyne published his first collection of poetry when he was sixteen. Perseus and Andromeda was produced a year after he wrote 'A Short Survey of Surrealism', which established his reputation as one of the earliest advocates of Surrealism in England. In the following years he built up an international reputation, and in 1996 he was made Chevalier dans l’Ordre des Arts et Lettres by the French Ministry of Culture, in recognition of his sustained contribution to French Literature.

August 2004