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Scarcely Ever Out of My Thoughts
The Letters of Valda Trevlyn Grieve to Christopher Murray Grieve (Hugh MacDiarmid)
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This is the first publication of Valda Trevlyn Grieve's letters to Hugh MacDiarmid. It uncovers their relationship; the importance of Valda to MacDiarmid's success, and Valda's experiences in her own right. It features previously unpublished letters by Hugh MacDiarmid. "Scarcely Ever Out of My Thoughts" is a fascinating document of social and literary history, a previously unpublished glimpse into the private domain of Hugh MacDiarmid and, above all, it illuminates Valda from the shadows of Hugh MacDiarmid's awe inspiring eminence.
"A woman willing to endure constant poverty, cold, worry, disapproval and isolation in order to nurture, even to ensure the survival of her husband's genius... Nothing is clearer in these letters than that she did so at great personal cost, but also with hope, humour and sheer bloody-mindedness." James Robertson, poet and novelist.
"This publication of Scarcely Ever Out of My Thoughts... is an important moment in modern Scottish literary studies because it... reminds us how different the world we currently inhabit has become. Beth Junor's introduction itself is an invaluable work of historical contextualisation." Alan Riach, in The Scottish Review of Books.
"In making Valda Grieve's letters available, Beth Junor has done us a great service. They are a wonderful read with or without knowledge of the man who received them..."Jenni Calder, in The Scotsman.
"...readers owe Beth Junor - who brings her own spirited politics to this volume - particular thanks for retrieving Valda's irrepressible voice from the archive." Christine Bold, in The Times Literary Supplement.
"These letters... show Valda's independence and devotion, and her courage and capability, in her dealings with her brilliant but difficult husband. Beth Junor edits and introduces this correspondence with insight, sensitivity, understanding and love." Sally Evans, poet and editor of Poetry Scotland.
"...Deirdre [Grieve] provides a delightful thumbnail portrait of the dialectics involved in the story. Word Power Books is to be congratulated in undertaking this unique publication." Tessa Ransford, in Edinburgh Review.
Valda Trevlyn was born in Bude, Cornwall in 1906. She met Christopher Murray Grieve (Hugh MacDiarmid) in London in the late 1920's. Her first letters to Christopher originate in 1933 but they span their lifetime together. Hugh MacDiarmid is regarded as one of Scotland's most important poets of the twentieth century. Instrumental in creating a truly Scottish version of modernism, his best-known work is A Drunk Man Looks at the Thistle.
Beth Junor is a poet, writer and editor. She is a member of PEN and The Society of Authors. Her poetry collections are A Full Moon Cycle and Two Poems. She is the author of Greenham Common Women's Peace Camp: A History of Non Violent Resistance, 1984-1995; co-editor (with Angus Calder) of The Souls of the Dead Are Taking the Best Seats: 50 Poets on War; and editor of Scarcely Ever Out of My Thoughts: The Letters of Valda Trevlyn Grieve to Christopher Murray Grieve (Hugh MacDiarmid).
|Publisher||Word Power Books|
|Published in||United Kingdom|