Hugh MacDiarmid: the impossible persona

David Goldie

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By using previously uncollected creative and discursive writings, this international group of contributors presents a vital updating of MacDiarmid scholarship. They bring fresh insights to major poems such as A Drunk Man Looks at the Thistle, To Circumjack Cencrastus and In Memoriam James Joyce, and offer new political, ecological and science-based readings in relation to MacDiarmid's work from the 1930s. They also discuss his experimental short fiction in Annals of the Five Senses, the autobiographical Lucky Poet, and a representative selection of his essays and journalism. They assess MacDiarmid's legacy and reputation in Scotland and beyond, placing his poetry within the context of international modernism.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe Edinburgh companion to Hugh MacDiarmid
EditorsScott Lyall, Margery Palmer McCulloch
Place of PublicationEdinburgh
PublisherEdinburgh University Press
Number of pages12
ISBN (Print)9780748641895
Publication statusPublished - 16 May 2011


  • MacDiarmid
  • Scottish literature
  • poems


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