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The Edinburgh companion to Hugh MacDiarmid
  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.

  • Type:

    Edited Book

  • Date:

    31 December 2011

  • Publication Status:


  • Publisher

    Edinburgh University Press

  • Library of Congress:

    PR English literature

  • Dewey Decimal Classification:

    820 English & Old English literatures


Lyall, S., & McCulloch, M. P. (Eds.). (2011). The Edinburgh companion to Hugh MacDiarmid. Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press



Hugh MacDiarmid; modernism; Scottish culture; Scottish Renaissance; national identity;

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