LONDON — D.J. Enright, novelist, critic and one of the outstanding poets of postwar Britain, has died. He was 82.
Enright died Dec. 31 in London, his family said. The Guardian newspaper reported that the cause was cancer.
Although not the most famous of Britain's modern poets, he was greatly admired by critics, academics and his fellow poets.
Poet Blake Morrison, in an obituary written for The Guardian, called Enright the unsung hero of post-World War II British poetry and said, "It is hard to think of a poet whom other poets held in more affection."
Morrison said that warmth was for the artist and the man: "Gentle-mannered but uncompromising, tough-minded but humane, above all funny -- a person for whom the adjective 'sardonic' was invented."
Dennis Joseph Enright was born March 11, 1920, in Leamington Spa, central England.
He got his master's degree at Cambridge University before taking up a teaching post at Alexandria University in Egypt in 1947. He was a lecturer in English there until 1950, and in 1955 published his first novel, "Academic Year," set at the university.