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New Selected Letters

Hugh MacDiarmid

Edited by Alan Riach

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Categories: Scottish
Imprint: Carcanet Poetry
Publisher: Carcanet Press
Available as:
Hardback (220 pages)
(Pub. Aug 2001)
9781857542738
£39.95
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  • The extraordinary man he was, brilliant, volatile, deeply prejudiced, deeply generous, emerges most clearly in his letters. There have been previous collec-tions but none so essential as this, including many previously unpublished documents, drawn from his long and controversial life. Among the editors is his own grandson, Dorian Grieve.

    On the centenary of his birth in 1992, Carcanet launched the MacDiarmid 2000 programme, to bring all his major writings into print. This is the thirteenth volume.
    Hugh MacDiarmid
    Hugh MacDiarmid (Christopher Murray Grieve) was born in 1892 at Langholm in the Scottish Borders. After training as a teacher, he worked as a journalist, before serving in France and Greece during the First World War. Returning to Scotland, he worked as a journalist, and in 1922 began to publish poems ... read more
    Alan Riach
    Alan Riach is a poet, teacher and critic, and the general editor of Carcanet’s Collected Works of Hugh MacDiarmid . ... read more
    'Watch him, an angel's set his tongue on fire.'
    Norman MacCaig
    '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'
    Sean O'Casey
    'Every door in any town should be wide open to that great lyric poet Hugh MacDiarmid.'
    Dylan Thomas
    'These great people like MacDiarmid are a bit scary, '
    Liz Lochhead
    Praise for Hugh MacDiarmid 'Riach has done Scottish literature a great service in masterminding the Carcanet edition of the works of Hugh MacDiarmid...'
    Times Literary Supplement
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