Hugh MacDiarmid: Lucky Poet

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  • Kirsten Matthews (University of Glasgow)

In the author’s note to the first edition of Lucky Poet, published in 1943, Hugh MacDiarmid describes the book as an early example of the “semi-imaginative autobiography” which “is one of the coming literary forms which will play a great role in literature after this War” (1994, p. xvii. All further refs to this edn.). Autobiographical writing – and particularly, writing which challenges the imaginative boundaries between autobiography and fiction – has indeed seen a tremendous surge in popularity both with writers and with critics since the 1940s. Even in the current critical climate, however, in which autobiography is an increasingly well-documented subject, MacDiarmid’s Lucky Poet remains a …

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Matthews, Kirsten. "Lucky Poet". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 18 April 2007
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