About Edwin Morgan

About Edwin Morgan

About Edwin Morgan

About Edwin Morgan

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About Edwin Morgan is the first full-length book on the work of one of Scotland's most distinguished and distinctive poets. He has won honours for his literary achievement in Britain, Europe, and the United States; he is one of the most popular contemporary Scottish writers, as well as the poet whose verse is most widely taught in schools. His influence on Scottish writing has been crucial.

This book is intended as a helpful prelude to further reading, and further critical reflection. Our aim has been to present Morgan's oeuvre in the round, demonstrating his versatility and scope, placing him in relevant Scottish as well as in international perspectives. While the majority of the contributors concentrate on Morgan's original poetry, the book also provides new biographical information, a scholarly and comprehensive checklist of his published writings, and essays on facets of Morgan's work which are both important in themselves and integral to his complex achievement: his criticism, his translations, his place in Scottish education.

Because it Is ground-breaking, this book cannot be definitive. It does not try to be so; it is intended to stimulate. Aware of Morgan's creative eminence, the contributors steer clear of hagiography. The individual essayists write from their own critical perspectives, but they demonstrate a degree of consensus which may contribute to a clearer understanding of Morgan's output. As editors, we have attempted to provide useful starting points for readers approaching the work of a poet whose name so often seems to be writ in mercury. If this book serves as an intelligent point of reference, it fulfils its function.

The contributors include both writers and academics, both older and younger critics, writing from a variety of environments from Scotland to . . .

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