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The Raucle Tongue: Volume Three
Edited by Alan Riach
Imprint: Lives and Letters
Publisher: Carcanet Press
Hardback (672 pages)
(Pub. Sep 1998)
The third and final volume of McDiarmid's previously uncollected prose covers the decades from 1937 to 1978. This text includes: assessments of the contemporary political and literary scene, from the Spanish Civil War through MacDiarmid's call for an independent Republican Scotland; articles on Lewis Grassic Gibbon, John Maclean, Vladimir Mayakovsky and Norman MacCaig; tributes to James Joyce, Ezra Pound, Dylan Thomas, Cecil Gray and Joseph Conrad; a criticism of Billy Graham; and a series of pieces criticising those who MacDiarmid considered traitors in the Scottish national movement. The book concludes with a selection of retrospective and autumnal interviews, as the author looks back over his literary, political, and personal career. Glen Murray also provides details about MacDiamid's publications and commentary. The collection is the tenth volume to be published as part of Carcanet's MacDiarmid 2000 programme.
Praise for Hugh MacDiarmid 'Watch him, an angel's set his tongue on fire.'
'Lord God, this fellow is a poet, singing a song even when pain seizes him, or the woe of the world murmurs in his heart'
'Every door in any town should be wide open to that great lyric poet Hugh MacDiarmid.'
'These great people like MacDiarmid are a bit scary, '
Liz Lochhead 'Riach has done Scottish literature a great service in masterminding the Carcanet edition of the works of Hugh MacDiarmid...'
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