Edwin Morgan

(1921 words)
  • Colin Nicholson (University of Edinburgh)

Edwin Morgan was born in the Scottish city of Glasgow on April 27, 1920, the only child of socially conservative, church-going Presbyterian parents. He was unhappy as a schoolboy, toyed with the idea of leaving early to become a carpenter, but took bursary examinations to complete his schooling with three years at Glasgow High, where he became aware of his homosexuality and where he first started writing, winning prizes in his last school year for English composition, for French and for his prose and verse contributions to the school magazine. He enrolled at Glasgow University in 1937 and over the next two years published several pieces in Glasgow University Magazine, during which time undergraduate encounters with French …

Please log in to consult the article in its entirety. If you are not a subscriber, please click here to read about membership. All our articles have been written recently by experts in their field, more than 95% of them university professors.

Nicholson, Colin. "Edwin Morgan". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 20 October 2001
[http://www.litencyc.com/php/speople.php?rec=true&UID=3197, accessed 01 July 2015.]