Dear Grieve: Letters to Hugh MacDiarmid (C.M. Grieve)
Edited by John Manson; Introduction by Alan Riach
John Manson’s collection of letters to MacDiarmid, or to Christopher Grieve, or to Hugh or Chris or Christie or Hughie, is a major work. It is the fruit of a lifetime of dedicated scholarly research, meticulous, self-effacing study in libraries, most deeply in the National Library of Scotland and Edinburgh University Library, and follows his initial co-editorship with David Craig of the first Penguin paperback edition of MacDiarmid’s Selected Poems (1970), and his later co-editorship of The Revolutionary Art of the Future: Rediscovered Poems, with Dorian Grieve and Alan Riach (2003). ‘He is a fine poet and translator himself, and his small-press publications are to be sought out and read closely. However, this is a monumental achievement: a collection so rich in diversity, covering historical epochs, strata of human character, social engagement, political motivation and accomplishment, that it will take some time before its impact and value really sinks in and embeds itself in modern literary and political culture – especially in Scotland!’ – from the Introduction by Alan Riach, Professor of Scottish Literature, University of Glasgow.
John Manson is a poet and writer. His work since early retirement has focussed on research on Scottish authors of the 1930s, mainly Hugh MacDiarmid, Lewis Grassic Gibbon and James Barke, as well as on translation of prose and poetry in to English and of poetry in to Scots. Alan Riach is a poet and Professor of Scottish Literature at the University of Glasgow