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Hugh MacDiarmid

Writings: 1963 - 1967


Aniara: A Review of Man in Time and Space, by Harry Martinson. London: Hutchinson [1963]. Adapted from the Swedish by Hugh MacDiarmid and Elspeth Harley Schubert.

Translation of a long science fiction epic poem set in the distant future on the space ship Aniara.


Poems in English, [by] Hugh MacDiarmid. [Hemel, Hempstead: Duncan Glen], 1963. Poetry Leaflet 1.

Duncan Glen's autograph notation "proof/specimen only-not published" appears over the title on this selection of ten of MacDiarmid's English lyrics.


"Tribute to Harry Miller." [1963: November].

Proof sheet of MacDiarmid's tribute to a recently deceased Scottish nationalist which was published in Forward Scotland 1 (November 1963).


Sydney Goodsir Smith, by Hugh MacDiarmid. Edinburgh: Colin H. Hamilton [1963]. Edition limited to one hundred and thirty-five copies; this is one of thirty-five specially bound copies signed by the author.

The book prints the text of MacDiarmid's speech at a gathering honoring Smith, one of his closest friends and followers, in December 1962, at Edinburgh University.


Hugh MacDiarmid to Marion and Sydney Goodsir Smith, autograph letter signed, January 27, 1959, 1 p.

This letter forms part of a small collection of Sydney Goodsir Smith's papers at the University of Delaware Library.


"The Wallace," by Sydney Goodsir Smith. Typescript draft of Act I, undated, 23 pp., with the author's extensive autograph corrections.

The manuscripts and galleys of Smith's play The Wallace are present in his papers housed at the University of Delaware Library.


Poems to Paintings by William Johnstone 1933. Edinburgh: K. D. Duval [1963]. This is one of one hundred numbered copies signed by the author.

MacDiarmid regarded Johnstone, who provided the cover portrait of MacDiarmid for the 1935 publication of Second Hymn to Lenin and Other Poems, as Scotland's most important living artist.


Paintings by William Johnstone. Newcastle upon Tyne: The Stone Gallery, 1963.

Hugh MacDiarmid contributes the forward to this catalog of an exhibition of Johnstone's paintings.


15 Poems for William Shakespeare. Stratford upon Avon: The trustees and Guardians of Shakespeare's Birthplace, 1964.

MacDiarmid contributes "Virgilium vidi tantum (On Shakespeare's Quatercentenary)" to this anthology of specially commissioned poems honoring Shakespeare.


The Literary Masks of Hugh MacDiarmid, by Duncan Glen. Glasgow: The Drumalban Press, 1964.

Duncan Glen's short profile of Christopher Murray Grieve's pseudonyms other than Hugh MacDiarmid--which included Isobel Guthrie, A.K. Laidlaw, Mountboy, James MacLaren, and Arthur Leslie--was published in an edition of fifty-five numbered copies, each of which is signed and hand-illustrated by the author.


The Politics and Poetry of Hugh MacDiarmid, by Arthur Leslie. Glasgow: Caledonian Press [1952].

An extended essay on Hugh MacDiarmid, originally published in The National Weekly, written by MacDiarmid himself as Arthur Leslie.


"Some Notes on Hugh MacDiarmid's Poems." Autograph manuscript, undated, 8 pp.

This is the manuscript of yet another essay on the poetry of Hugh MacDiarmid written by MacDiarmid himself. This one is signed James Maclaren, another of his frequent pseudonyms.


The Terrible Crystal: A Vision of Scotland, by Hugh MacDiarmid. Skelmorlie, Ayrshire: Duncan Glen, 1964. The edition is limited to fifty-five numbered copies signed by the author.

The pamphlet prints two poems, "The Terrible Crystal" and "A Vision of Scotland," which were not included in MacDiarmid's Collected Poems published in 1962.


The Ministry of Water: Two Poems, by Hugh MacDiarmid. Glasgow: Duncan Glen, 1964. Signed by the author on last page. This edition is limited to one hundred and twenty-five numbered copies signed by the author.

The pamphlet prints two poems, "Prayer for a Second Flood" and "Larking Dallier," which were omitted from the 1962 Collected Poems.


Hugh MacDiarmid to Tom Pickard, [ca. 1965], autograph letter signed, 1 p.

MacDiarmid responds affirmatively to a request to read in the Morden Tower Poetry series. Accompanying the letter are manuscripts of two poems by MacDiarmid: "Nota Bene" and "The Highlanders Are Not a Sensitive People."


The Burning Passion, [by] Hugh MacDiarmid. [Glasgow]: The Akros Press, 1965. This edition consists of thirty-five numbered copies.

This is the first separate edition of the poem originally printed in First Hymn to Lenin and Other Poems (1931).


Poet at Play and Other Poems Being a Selection of Mainly Vituperative Poems, by Hugh MacDiarmid. [No place]: Privately printed [in Great Britain, 1965]. Printed in an edition of fifty-five copies.

Privately published by Duncan Glen who notes "If these poems were not by Hugh MacDiarmid we would dedicate this collection to him. We therefore dedicate it to his friends: A.K. Laidlaw, Isobel Guthrie, James MacLaren, Arthur Leslie."


The Fire of the Spirit: Two Poems, by Hugh MacDiarmid. Glasgow: Duncan Glen, 1965. Printed in an edition of three hundred and fifty copies; this copy is one of the first fifty which are signed by the author. The two poems printed are "By Wauchopeside" and "The Diamond Body: In a Cave of the Sea," neither of which were included in MacDiarmid's 1962 Collected Poems.
"By Wauchopeside (From Clann Albann)." Autograph manuscript, January 27, 1932, 3 pp. Signed by Hugh MacDiarmid at the bottom of the final page.

This is the manuscript of the poem published originally in The Modern Scot in 1932 and collected here by MacDiarmid for the long unpublished poem Clann Albann.


The Company I've Kept, by Hugh MacDiarmid (Christopher Murray Grieve). London: Hutchinson [1966].

Uncorrected proof copy of the second volume of MacDiarmid's memoirs.


Whuchulls: A Poem, by Hugh MacDiarmid. [Preston, Lancashire]: Akros Publications [1966].

This edition is limited to one hundred numbered copies. "Whuchulls" was originally published in The Modern Scot (August 1966).


A Lap of Honour, by Hugh MacDiarmid. London: MacGibbon & Kee [1967].

A selection of poems published to coincide with Hugh MacDiarmid's seventy-fifth birthday. Hugh MacDiarmid has signed this copy on the front free endpaper.


Poems Addressed to Hugh MacDiarmid and Presented to Him on His Seventy-Fifth Birthday, edited and with an introduction by Duncan Glen. [Preston, Lancashire]: Akros Publications, 1967. With drawings by Leonard Penrice.

This poetic tribute from twenty-one of MacDiarmid's contemporaries was published in an edition of three hundred and fifty numbered copies each of which has been signed by the editor and the artist.


The Eemis Stane, [by] Hugh MacDiarmid. Northampton, Mass.: The Gehenna Press, 1967.

Broadside publication of one of MacDiarmid's best-known early Scots lyrics printed in an edition of five hundred copies. Illustrated with a woodcut portrait of MacDiarmid drawn by Leonard Baskin and cut by Takeshi Takahara, and printed from the block. This copy is one of fifty printed on handmade Kochi paper. Although the copies on Kochi were to have been numbered and signed by Baskin and Takahara, this copy is unnumbered and signed only by Takahara.


Poems by Hugh MacDiarmid and Norman MacCaig. [Amherst: Massachusetts Review, 1967].

Offprint from an issue of The Massachusetts Review (volume 7, Winter 1967) which printed the poems on the occasion of the visit of Hugh MacDiarmid and Norman MacCaig to the University of Massachusetts. Illustrations by Leonard Baskin.

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