M’Diarmid, Hugh ~ Penny Wheep (Signed By The Author)
William Blackwood and Sons : 1926
First UK Edition published by William Blackwood and Sons in 1926. The Second issue with pale blue boards and black titling. The BOOK is in Very Good+ condition. Some fading and discolouration at the spine ends. some toning and spotting to the text block which has encroached onto the page edges in places. Free from inscriptions and erasures. The WRAPPER is complete and is in Very Good+ condition. Some toning and rubbing to the spine and edges. Some edge-wear with loss at the spine ends affecting some of the lettering. The wrapper is protected in a removable Brodart archival cover. The book has been Signed without dedication by the Author to the front blank endpaper. Hugh MacDiarmid (C.M. Grieve) was Scotland’s most influential and controversial writer in the 20th century. He urged and enabled the regeneration of all aspects of Scotland’s literature and culture through his poetry, polemical writing and political activity. 'A Drunk Man Looks at the Thistle' (1926) is generally regarded as Scotland’s masterpiece of Modernism. 'He started writing in Scots, using words and phrases he knew from boyhood and acquired from reading in dictionaries and works of Scottish literature from earlier eras. The poems of Sangschaw (1925), Penny Wheep (1926) and A Drunk Man Looks At The Thistle (1926) were shocking, adult, wry, rebarbative, difficult, piercingly sweet, unsentimental and brutal. They established a new dispensation for Scottish literature, and modernist lusts: for the body and the sexually explicit cognate with Joyce and Lawrence; for the local and demotic, cognate with William Carlos Williams; for the difficult, cognate with Eliot; for the vatic and austere, cognate with Yeats and Pound; for the intellectually demanding, cognate with Stevens and Valéry; but uniquely in the Scottish context, reclaiming a literary history that had fallen into neglect and obfuscation. Forget about Burns, he advised, go back to Dunbar and Henryson, recover and reclaim a national tradition that goes back through millennia.' (Scottish Poetry Library). A wonderful signed copy of the author's early poetry collection and scarce with such attributes.
CONDITION: Very Good+
JACKET: Very Good+