Complete Poems
Complete Poems

Complete Poems

POETRY

800 Pages, 5.5 x 8.5

Formats: Trade Paper

Trade Paper, $37.00 (US $37.00) (CA $50.00)

Publication Date: July 2017

ISBN 9781784105198

Rights: US, CA, NZ, CAM, SAM, CAR, PH, KR & FM

Carcanet Press, Ltd. (Jul 2017)
Carcanet Press Ltd.

Price: $37.00
 
 

Overview

The first volume of this two-volume edition of MacDiarmid's Complete Poems reprints the texts of the Penguin edition (1986), which was based on the first edition of 1978, which MacDiarmid himself saw through the press. Additional poems discovered since the first edition of 1978 are included, and the additional text revised. MacDiarmid insisted that his Complete Poems should be books of poetry, uncluttered by editorial annotations and notes. Michael Grieve, the poet's son, and W. R. Aitken, his bibliographer, have carefully followed his instructions, and compiled an extensive glossary based on the earlier collections.

Reviews

"There is very little written, acted, composed, surmised or demanded in Scotland which does not in some strand descend from the new beginning he made." —Scotsman

Author Biography

W. R. Aitken was a scholar librarian - friend and bibliographer to Hugh MacDiarmid. Michael Grieve, the son of Christopher Murray Grieve (Hugh MacDiarmid), was a journalist and editor on newspapers and a television producer and editor. He was Vice-Chairman of the Scottish National Party. Michael Grieve died in 1995. 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 in Scots. From that point he became a key figure in the Scottish Renaissance. He became a founder-member of the Scottish National Party in 1928, and joined the Communist Party of Great Britain in 1934. He was expelled from both during the 1930s, although he rejoined the Communist Party in 1956. Between 1933 and 1942 he lived with his second wife in the Shetlands. In 1951 he settled with his family at Brownsbank, near Biggar, where he lived until his death in 1978.