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 the …

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Cunningham, David. "Lud Heat". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 21 March 2002
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