Edwin Muir

Kirsten Matthews (University of Glasgow)
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Edwin Muir is best known as a poet and essayist. He identified himself variously as Orcadian, Scot and European. He was a part of the Scottish Literary Renaissance of the 1920s, actively praising the early Scots poems of Hugh MacDiarmid and contributing to journals such as The Scottish Chapbook and The Scottish Nation. He was also deeply influenced by the broader European literary scene, and his poetic career began in earnest while he was living in Germany. Along with his wife, Willa, he produced the first translations of Kafka’s The Castle, The Trial and America, and of Broch’s The Sleepwalkers; he and Willa were instrumental in introducing these works to the English-speaking …

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Citation: Matthews, Kirsten. "Edwin Muir". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 12 May 2007 [https://www.litencyc.com/php/speople.php?rec=true&UID=3243, accessed 24 September 2023.]

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