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John Macdiarmid : Lives of British Statesmen, & c


Century: 1800-1849     Reader/Listener/Group: Samuel Taylor Coleridge      Print: Book


Macdiarmid : Sketches of Nature

'Read occasionally during my walk in Macdiarmid's "Sketches of nature".'

Century: 1800-1849     Reader/Listener/Group: John Cole      Print: Book


Hugh MacDiarmid [pseud.] : Red Scotland

'About 3.30, C.M.G. came striding in, resplendent in full Highland rig-out ... He had a number of MSS with him and read part of his "Red Scotland", which sounded quite convincing. As he read, he supported himself at an angle over my table, the angle increased with the reading until he was literally dropping cigarette ash and dialectical materialism all about me. I thought it might relieve the congestion if he removed his plaid - but discovered that it was part of the regalia.'

Century: 1900-1945     Reader/Listener/Group: Christopher Murray Grieve      Manuscript: Unknown


Hugh MacDiarmid [pseud.] : Scots Unbound

'Re-read MacDiarmid's "Scot's Unbound" - some fine lyrics; but the "thoct" in the lengthy poems confounds the poetry; why must Grieve so often use his verse as a shop-window for displaying curiosities of erudition?'

Century: 1900-1945     Reader/Listener/Group: William Soutar      Print: Book


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