Reading Douglas Dunn

Reading Douglas Dunn

Reading Douglas Dunn

Reading Douglas Dunn

Excerpt

This is the first book-length study of Douglas Dunn's work. Its title is intended to indicate that it focuses principally on Dunn's published volumes, although many unpublished and uncollected pieces have been taken into account. Reading Douglas Dunn is designed to function as a critical introduction to the work of one of Scotland's foremost living writers. It makes available a substantial body of new information about Dunn's life and work, offering a variety of approaches. In editing this book, we intend to provide future readers with both commentary and factual material which will provoke further discussion of the work of a writer already admired throughout the English-speaking world. Not least, James Kidd's bibliography will be essential to future commentators.

We are grateful to Faber and Faber for permission to reproduce copyright materials in this volume. These are detailed in full on the 'Abbreviations' pages, which constitute a continuation of this copyright acknowledgement. Earlier work by several enthusiastic readers of Dunn's work, particularly the distinguished interviewer John Haffenden, has greatly facilitated the writing of the book. Douglas Dunn has been unfailingly helpful to contributors and editors alike, not least in allowing his collected, uncollected and unpublished writings to be quoted so extensively. The secretaries at the Department of English, University of St Andrews, have provided invaluable support to the editors, as have the Librarian and staff of St Andrews University Library, who have made it possible for James Kidd to compile his bibliography. To these and other individuals and institutions, including the editorial staff at Edinburgh University Press, the editors owe a debt of gratitude.

R.C., University of St Andrews

D.P.K., University of Strathclyde . . .

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