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A Gallery to Play toThe Story of the Mersey Poets$
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Phil Bowen

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9781846311253

Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: June 2013

DOI: 10.5949/UPO9781846312496

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Adrian Henri 1932–1956

Adrian Henri 1932–1956

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Louis Ernest Henri Celine was born in 1854 in Mauritius, a remote island in the Indian Ocean. In 1887 he set sail on a marathon voyage and reached the city of Liverpool, where he met his future wife Edith Shaw. Celine and Shaw's fifth son, Arthur Maurice, was born on July 6, 1898, and married Emma Johnson in 1931. Their first son, Adrian Maurice Henri, was born a year later. In stark contrast to Roger McGough's wartime experiences in Seaforth, Adrian Henri's experiences were largely visual. When the Blitz broke out in 1941 Henri remembered looking out towards Liverpool from Mersey Park. He attended St Anne's Voluntary Primary School in Vale Road, where he was bullied and became something of a classic victim figure. Henri was admitted to King's College in 1951, with the artist Lawrence Gowing as his tutor.

Keywords:   Adrian Henri, Liverpool, Louis Henri Celine, Edith Shaw, St Anne's School, King's College, Lawrence Gowing, Mersey Park

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