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Twentieth Century Scottish Poetry Paperback – Sept. 26 2006
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During the 1920s, Scottish poetry, personified by Hugh MacDiarmid, asserted its independence, denying the claim made by T. S. Eliot that all significant differences between Scottish and English literature had ceased to exist. It was an energetic 'No' to provincialism, and a vigorous 'Yes' to nationalism as an enabler of poetry. On its first appearance in 1992, the retrospective and organising vision of Douglas Dunn's now-classic anthology revealed a profounder level of achievement in modern Scottish poetry - whether in Scots, Gaelic or English - than had been formerly acknowledged, and introduced an entire canon of writing to a wider readership, edited with discrimination and exemplary lucidity.
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Douglas Dunn was born in Inchinnan, Renfrewshire in 1942, and was Professor in the School of English at the University of St Andrews. As well as over ten collections of poetry – including Elegies (1985), which won the Whitbread Book of the Year Award, and New Selected Poems 1964-2000 (2003) – he has written several radio and television plays and edited various anthologies, including Twentieth-Century Scottish Poetry (2006). He was awarded an OBE in 2003 and the Queen’s Gold Medal for Poetry in 2013., Douglas Dunn was born in Inchinnan, Renfrewshire, in 1942 and lived there until he married at the age of twenty-two. After working as a librarian in Scotland and Akron, Ohio, he studied English at Hull University, graduating in 1969. He then worked for eighteen months in the university library after which, in 1971, he became a freelance writer. In 1991 he was appointed Professor in the School of English at the University of St Andrews. As well as ten collections of poetry, including Elegies (1985), The Year's Afternoon, The Donkey's Ears (both 2000), and New Selected Poems 1964-2000 (2003), Douglas Dunn has written several radio and television plays, including Ploughman's Share and Scotsman by Moonlight. He has also edited various anthologies, including Twentieth-Century Scottish Poetry (2006). Douglas Dunn has won a Somerset Maugham Award, the Geoffrey Faber Memorial Prize, and has twice been awarded prizes by the Scottish Arts Council. In 1981 he was awarded the Hawthornden Prize for St Kilda's Parliament. In January 1986 he was overall winner of the 1985 Whitbread Book of the Year Award for his collection Elegies.
- Publisher : Faber & Faber (Sept. 26 2006)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 1 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0571228380
- ISBN-13 : 978-0571228386
- Item weight : 480 g
- Dimensions : 13.6 x 3.2 x 21.2 cm
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Caveat emptorReviewed in the United Kingdom 🇬🇧 on October 4, 2012
With the exception of having four words removed from the title (The Faber Book of...), this is an unrevised, un-supplemented, un-re-prefaced reprint of the 1993 paperback edition of the 1992 The Faber Book of...etc. To protect the prospective buyer, why not keep the title? To increase the deception, this book does not have 480 pages as indicated on this Amazon page, but exactly the same number as the 1993 paperback version. The latter currently sells for 1p on Amazon, and is therefore a better buy. It is, or rather, was, a great anthology. But this is bad publishing.
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