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Hugh MacDiarmid

Writings: 1963 - 1988


 The Uncanny Scot: A Selection of Prose, by Hugh MacDiarmid, edited with an introduction by Kenneth Buthlay. [London]: MacGibbon & Kee [1968].

This copy is one of forty copies of the first edition specially bound in buckram, each of which is numbered and signed by the author. The book is a selection of MacDiarmid's prose spanning his entire career.


"The Scab." Carbon typescript, undated, 4 pp. The typed signature "James Maclaren" appears on the final page.

MacDiarmid originally wrote this essay, which is collected in The Uncanny Scot, for publication in The Glasgow Herald in August 1932.


A Tribute to Duncan Macrae. Glasgow: Duncan Macrae Memorial Appeal [1968].

This memorial volume dedicated to the Scottish actor Duncan Macrae, who died in 1967, includes MacDiarmid's poetic tribute "Cranks never make good democrats."


An Afternoon with Hugh MacDiarmid: Interview Recorded at Brownsbank on 25th October 1968. [No place]: Privately printed, 1969.

Transcript of an interview by Duncan Glen accompanied by 437 contact prints of 35mm photographs by James Bamber, Geoff Green, and Arthur Thompson. This presentation volume was published in an edition of fifty-five numbered copies signed by Hugh MacDiarmid, Duncan Glen, and the three photographers.


Early Lyrics, by Hugh MacDiarmid, edited and with an introduction by J.K. Annand. [Preston, Lancashire]: Akros Publications [1968]. This is one of three hundred numbered copies.

The manuscripts of these poems were discovered among the poet's letters to his former teacher and mentor George Ogilvie. This collection also includes an essay by MacDiarmid on Ogilvie.


Selected Essays, edited and with an introduction by Duncan Glen.. London: Jonathan Cape [1969].

A selection of MacDiarmid's essays spanning his entire career.


A Small Press and Hugh MacDiarmid with a Checklist of Akros Publications 1962-1970, by Duncan Glen. Preston, [Lancashire]: Akros Publications, 1970. The edition is limited to three hundred fifty-five copies.

This is an essay and bibliography by the founder of Akros, the important Scottish press and literary journal, who had a long productive relationship with MacDiarmid and who published numerous editions of MacDiarmid's work. This copy contains a presentation inscription from Duncan Glen.


The Macdiarmids: A Conversation--Hugh MacDiarmid and Duncan Glen with Valda Grieve and Arthur Thompson. [Preston, Lancashire]: Akros [1970].

Transcript of an interview accompanied by numerous photographs.


Selected Poems, by Hugh MacDiarmid, selected and edited by David Craig and John Manson. [Harmondsworth]: Penguin Books [1970].
The Hugh MacDiarmid Anthology: Poems in Scots and English, edited by Michael Grieve and Alexander Scott. London: Routledge & Kegan Paul [1972].

Uncorrected proof copy of the first edition of this anthology which was published in honour of MacDiarmid's eightieth birthday.


Song of the Seraphim, by Hugh MacDiarmid. [London: Covent Garden Press, 1973]. Published in an edition of six hundred copies; this is one of one hundred numbered copies signed by the author.

This is the first separate publication of this poem which appeared previously in Lucky Poet (1943).


The Threepenny Opera, by Bertolt Brecht, translated by Hugh MacDiarmid. London: Eyre Methuen [1973].

MacDiarmid was an admirer of Brecht's work and adapted The Threepenny Opera for performance. His adaptation premiered in London, at the Prince of Wales Theatre, on February 10, 1972 and was published in this edition the following year.


Direadh I, II and III, by Hugh MacDiarmid. Frenich, Foss: Kulgin Duval & Colin H. Hamilton, 1974. Designed by Martino Mardersteig and printed at the Stamperia Valdonega in Verona. The edition consists of two hundred numbered copies signed by the author.

This edition brings together for the first time MacDiarmid's three long "Dýreadh" poems and includes a note on the poem by MacDiarmid.


Scotch Whiskey, as tasted by Bill Simpson, Anthony Troon, S. Russel Grant, Hugh MacDiarmid, Donald Mackinlay, Jack House, Theodora FitzGibbon. [Basingstoke: Macmillan, 1974].

MacDiarmid contributes the historical sketch "Great Malt Whiskies" to this collection of essays on Scotch whiskey.


"Here's How." Autograph manuscript, undated, 4 pp., written on the verso of MacDiarmid's stationary.

"Here's How" is a draft synopsis in MacDiarmid's hand for a proposed book on drinks and drinking. It is part of a series of book proposals and promotional material dating from MacDiarmid brief tenure with the Unicorn Press in the early 1930s.


Akros (Preston, Lancashire). 12 (August 1977).

Special Double Hugh MacDiarmid Issue. Includes specially commissioned essays on MacDiarmid and a selection of his poems published in conjunction with his eighty-fifth birthday.


Selected Lyrics: Hugh MacDiarmid. [Frenich, Foss]: Kulgin D. Duval and Colin H. Hamilton [1977]. Printed in Verona by Giovanni Mardersteig at Officina Bodoni in an edition of one hundred thirty-five numbered copies. The frontispiece is an engraved portrait of the author by Freddy Theys, after a drawing by Barbara Niven.

Selected Lyrics is a personal selection by the publishers printed in celebration of MacDiarmid's eighty-fifth birthday.


MacDiarmid: An Illustrated Biography of Christopher Murray Grieve (Hugh MacDiarmid), by Gordon Wright. Edinburgh: Gordon Wright Publishing [1977].

One of fifty specially bound, numbered copies signed by Hugh MacDiarmid and Gordon Wright.


Cornish Heroic Song for Valda Trevlyn and Once in a Cornish Garden, by Hugh MacDiarmid. Padstow, Cornwall: Lodenek Press [1977].

Signed by Hugh MacDiarmid and Valda Trevlyn on the front flyleaf.


Ulysses' Bow, [by] Hugh MacDiarmid. [Edinburgh: Tragara Press, 1977].

Single sheet in slipcase, limited to ten copies all signed by the author, of a poem which was included in the Tragara Press anthology Hand and Eye: An Anthology for Sacheverell Sitwell (1977).


Complete Poems 1920-1976, [by] Hugh MacDiarmid, edited by Michael Grieve and W. R. Aitken. London: Martin Brian & O'Keeffe [1978]. 2 volumes.

This is the definitive collected edition of MacDiarmid's poetry, edited by the poet's son Michael and his bibliographer W.R. Aitken. It includes a note by Hugh MacDiarmid concerning the publication history of his poems.


The Socialist Poems of Hugh MacDiarmid, edited by T.S. Law and Thurso Berwick. London: Routledge and Kegan Paul [1978].

A broad selection of sixty-seven poems which represent MacDiarmid's socialist idealogy as revealed in his poetry.


The Bonnie Broukit Bairn, [by] Hugh MacDiarmid. [Ashington, Northumberland]: MidNAG [n.d.]

One of MacDiarmid's best-known early Scots lyrics printed as a poetry poster by the Mid-Northumberland Arts Group in the mid-1970s.


The Age of MacDiarmid: Essays on Hugh MacDiarmid and His Influence on Contemporary Scotland. Edinburgh: Mainstream Publishing [1980].

A wide-ranging selection of essays published two years after Hugh MacDiarmid's death which explore the impact he had on Scottish politics, literature, and culture.


. The Letters of Hugh MacDiarmid, edited and with an introduction by Alan Bold. London: Hamish Hamilton, 1984.

This extensive collection of MacDiarmid's correspondence spans his entire career and demonstrates the astonishing range of his intellectual, literary, and political interests.


MacDiarmid: A Critical Biography, by Alan Bold. [London]: John Murray [1988].

Comprehensive biography of Hugh MacDiarmid written by the Scottish poet and critic Alan Bold.

Introduction | Essay | Section 1 | Section 2 | Section 3 | Section 4


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