George Mackay Brown (3223 words)

Juliet Linden Bicket (University of Glasgow)
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George Mackay Brown's first publication of poetry, The Storm and Other Poems,in 1954, instantly situated him as part of the second wave of the Scottish Literary Renaissance of the twentieth century. However it is as a novelist and writer of short stories that he is best known. He can be grouped alongside other poets of the time, with whom he mixed and corresponded particularly during his time at Edinburgh university, but his allegiance to the Orkney isles as setting for his poetry and fiction, and as the place where he was born and lived most of his life, sets him apart from poets such as Norman MacCaig, Iain Crichton Smith, Sorley MacLean, and Edwin Morgan. Mackay Brown's work owes much to the rhythms of life and agriculture …

Citation: Bicket, Juliet Linden. "George Mackay Brown". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 10 December 2007 [, accessed 28 October 2020.]

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