Ian Hamilton Finlay: Selections, Edited and with an Introduction by Alec Finlay

Ian Hamilton Finlay: Selections, Edited and with an Introduction by Alec Finlay

by Ian Hamilton Finlay
     
 

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This volume surveys the life and work of the Scottish poet Ian Hamilton Finlay, who is best known for his extraordinary garden, Little Sparta, a unique "poem of place" in which poetry, sculpture, and horticulture intersect. This book directs sustained attention to Finlay the verbal artist, revealing the full breadth and richness of his poetics. It illuminates the

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This volume surveys the life and work of the Scottish poet Ian Hamilton Finlay, who is best known for his extraordinary garden, Little Sparta, a unique "poem of place" in which poetry, sculpture, and horticulture intersect. This book directs sustained attention to Finlay the verbal artist, revealing the full breadth and richness of his poetics. It illuminates the evolution from his early years of composing plays, stories, and lyrical poems to his discovery of Concrete poetry and his emergence as a key figure in the international avant-garde of the 1960s.

Editorial Reviews

Country Life - Andrew McNeillie

“A hugely enjoyable anthology of Finlay’s writings, in prose, and truly beautiful—especially when surreal—verse.”
Booktryst

“[Finlay's] temples are mock-historic edifices, but who are we to say that they are not sacred sites?”
Times Literary Supplement (TLS) - Gerald Mangan

“This welcome new volume, Selections, ranging from Finlay’s first stories and plays to his final inscriptions and aphorisms, reminds us that most of his career consisted of unilateral declarations of independence, in a territory staked out by his own definitions and designs. It is full of revelations that cast new light on the subject—notably in the sixty-page introduction by Alec Finlay, the author’s son. His portrait of his father . . . manages to sound objective as well as affectionate. He clarifies the poet’s debts to international and avant-garde movements, but invites us to recognize the irreducible Scottishness of his character and inspiration.”
Oyster Boy Review - Alison Croggon

"Scottish poet Ian Hmilton is one of the most influential artists of the late twentieth century... [Ian Hamilton Finlay: Selections] is an essential purchase for anyone interested in the poetry of the second half of the twentieth century... it's a delight."

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780520270596
Publisher:
University of California Press
Publication date:
04/02/2012
Series:
Poets for the Millennium Series
Edition description:
First Edition, Edited and with an Introduction by Alec Finlay
Pages:
334
Product dimensions:
5.40(w) x 8.20(h) x 0.90(d)

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"A hugely enjoyable anthology of Finlay's writings, in prose, and truly beautiful—especially when surreal—verse."—Country Life

"[Finlay's] temples are mock-historic edifices, but who are we to say that they are not sacred sites?"—Booktryst

Meet the Author

Ian Hamilton Finlay (1925-2006) was an acclaimed Scottish poet and artist. Alec Finlay is an artist and poet.

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