Iain Sinclair: Lud Heat

(1542 words)
  • David Cunningham (University of Westminster)

Lud Heat, subtitled A Book of Dead Hamlets May 1974 to April 1975, was first published by Sinclair's own small press, Albion Village, in 1975. Although presented as a poetry book, Lud Heat combines, in a complex collage, passages of verse and prose, autobiography and fiction, history and myth, criticism and social realism. Little noticed at the time of its publication – unsurprisingly given its very small print run – it has gained some posthumous fame by virtue of Sinclair's subsequent success as a novelist and essayist, and because of Peter Ackroyd's heavy borrowings from its first section for his bestselling novel, Hawksmoor. With the growing interest in his writing, Vintage finally republished t…

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.

Citation:
Cunningham, David. "Lud Heat". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 21 March 2002
[http://www.litencyc.com/php/sworks.php?rec=true&UID=3810, accessed 27 November 2014.]