The contemporary reputation of Lewis Spence as a poet is mainly based on one or two frequently-anthologised sonnets; but his historical importance as a key figure in the Scottish Renaissance, both by his poetry and his energetic participation in the literary and political controversies of the period, is considerable, and an examination of his poetry reveals much that is of interest.

Though his professional training (at Edinburgh University) was in dentistry, Spence's active life was spent in writing and research. He published extensively in the fields of folklore and anthropology, his subjects including the civilisations of ancient Egypt, the early Celtic world and the Americas; and several of his books (e.g. An …

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McClure, J. Derrick. "Lewis Spence". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 14 September 2004
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