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Annals of the Five Senses and Other Stories, Sketches and Plays

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Annals of the Five Senses (1923) was the first book to be published by C.M. Grieve, the man who became known as Hugh MacDiarmid. It is a collection of intense psychological studies which put us in mind of Dostoevsky's Notes from Underground. Written in the immediate aftermath of World War I, these 'studies' are acts of intellectual survival and promise, some based obliquely on his own life, others daringly prophetic. Male and female viewpoints are explored 'from the inside'." "This volume also includes ...
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Overview

Annals of the Five Senses (1923) was the first book to be published by C.M. Grieve, the man who became known as Hugh MacDiarmid. It is a collection of intense psychological studies which put us in mind of Dostoevsky's Notes from Underground. Written in the immediate aftermath of World War I, these 'studies' are acts of intellectual survival and promise, some based obliquely on his own life, others daringly prophetic. Male and female viewpoints are explored 'from the inside'." "This volume also includes MacDiarmid's short fiction - a range of stories mainly from the 1920s and 1930s, with brilliant vignettes in vernacular Scots, short plays, a ballet scenario, and hitherto unpublished material.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781857542721
  • Publisher: Carcanet Press, Limited
  • Publication date: 10/1/1999
  • Pages: 320
  • Product dimensions: 8.40 (w) x 5.60 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Table of Contents

General Editor's Preface and Acknowledgements
Introduction
Cerebral 5
A Moment in Eternity 15
Cafe Scene 20
The Fool 28
A Four Years' Harvest 28
The Following Day 60
Sartoria 62
Spanish Girl 68
The Never-Yet-Explored 71
Consummation 86
A Limelight from a Solitary Wing 86
A Last Song 91
The Black Monkey (1909) 95
All Night in an British Opium 'Joint' (1912) 99
Casualties (1919) 101
Nisbet, an Interlude in Post War Glasgow (1922) 104
Following Rebecca West in Edinburgh (1922) 113
In the Fulness of Time (1923) 118
Some Day (1923) 121
The Purple Patch (1924) 127
Old Miss Beattie (1927) 136
The Common Riding (1927) 140
Murtholm Hill (1927) 145
The Waterside (1927) 154
A'body's Lassie (1927) 157
The Moon Through Glass (1927) 162
Maria (1927) 165
The Visitor (1927) 167
Andy (1927) 170
Holie for Nags (1928) 174
The Scab (1932) 176
The Last Great Burns Discovery (1934) 179
Five Bits of Miller (1934) 182
Wound-Pie (1934) 184
The Stranger (1934) 187
The Dean of the Thistle (1935) 190
A Sense of Humour (1935) 193
A Scottish Saint (1936) 195
Aince There, Aye There: A Shetland Story (1936) 201
Old Eric's Hobby (1938) 204
The Case of Alice Carruthers (1939) 208
Vouchsafed, A Sign (1946) 212
Sticky-Wullie (1952) 213
Without a Leg to Stand On: A Shetland Sketch (1960) 215
An Epoch-Making Event (posthumously published, 1984) 220
App. 1 Hitherto Unpublished or Uncollected Stories, Sketches and Fragments
The Lion of Edinburgh 223
The Loch Ness Mystery 227
On Being Sold a Pup 230
In the Gaelic Islands 232
The Darkie Baby 234
Enemy's Daughter 237
The Jackknife 242
A Land of Fruits 244
Here's How: A Glasgow Story 246
The Man with the Hole in His Sock 249
Nothing Like Flannel 252
Wells 254
In the Middle of the Field 255
The Affair at Hawick 258
A Friend of the Family 265
Poor Pussy 266
Putting the Lid On It 267
At Sixes and Sevens 271
The Frontier 277
Standing by the Pool 280
The First Clock in Barra 281
The Murder 284
Ballet: Barley Break (The Scarecrow) 285
Lechois: A Play in One Act 286
App. 2: Provenances and Notes 296
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