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Hugh MacDiarmid : the impossible persona

Goldie, David (2011) Hugh MacDiarmid : the impossible persona. In: The Edinburgh companion to Hugh MacDiarmid. Edinburgh University Press, Edinburgh. ISBN 9780748641895

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Abstract

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.