The Book, Cat, & Cat Book Lovers Almanac

of historical trivia regarding books, cats, and other animals. Actually this blog has evolved so that it is described better as a blog about cats in history and culture. And we take as a theme the advice of Aldous Huxley: If you want to be a writer, get some cats. Don't forget to see the archived articles linked at the bottom of the page.

March 15, 2014

March 15, 1973

Mark Gerson was born in 1921, and began his career in photography in 1948. We get this glimpse of his talent and powerful charm, in a blurb from a 2010 auction of his work:

Mark Gerson has photographed the leading British poets of the 20th century. He took one of the most famous of all literary photographs – of W. H. Auden, T. S. Eliot, Ted Hughes, Stephen Spender and Louis MacNeice at a Faber party in 1961. This was the only time these titans of literature were photographed as a group.


Here is our photographer, in a selfie (I mean contact sheet) dated March 15, 1973.


Mark Gerson, by John Malcolm Couzins, 15 March 1973 - NPG x135247 - © reserved; collection National Portrait Gallery, London

And here is a famous photo he did of Edith Sitwell:



That is Edith Sitwell, and Leo, in 1962.


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