Ian Hamilton Finlay

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  • Erdmute Wenzel White (Purdue University)

Ian Hamilton Finlay, poet-artist-philosopher, born 28 October 1925, Nassau, Bahamas, died 27 March 2006, aged 80, Edinburgh, Scotland. At the early age of six, Finlay was returned to Scotland to attend boarding school. His father ran a bootleg rum schooner from the Bahamas into Prohibition-era America, perhaps the earliest association of the sailing and marine images which would become a hallmark of Finlay’s work. With the end of prohibition laws, his parents purchased an orange grove in Florida. When a hard frost ruined the orange harvest, his impoverished family moved back to Glasgow. At the start of the Clydeside bombings of the Second World War, Finlay was evacuated to the village of Gartmore in Perthshire. He discontinued his i…

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White, Erdmute Wenzel. "Ian Hamilton Finlay". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 03 June 2009
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