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This volume gathers together some of the real and the imagined lives of Willa Muir, one of the finest and fiercest intellectuals of her generation. Her writing is rich with paradox—although obsessively Scottish in subject and style, she resented Scotland; although a trenchant champion of feminism, she voluntarily sacrificed her identity to that of the "poet's wife;" and although she was a committed reformer, she never aligned herself with any political or ideological movement. These passionate dichotomies are ...

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Imagined Selves

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Overview

This volume gathers together some of the real and the imagined lives of Willa Muir, one of the finest and fiercest intellectuals of her generation. Her writing is rich with paradox—although obsessively Scottish in subject and style, she resented Scotland; although a trenchant champion of feminism, she voluntarily sacrificed her identity to that of the "poet's wife;" and although she was a committed reformer, she never aligned herself with any political or ideological movement. These passionate dichotomies are intertwined in her writing, giving a particular power to her fiction and non-fiction alike. This collection is the first publication to offer a sense of the diversity of Willa Muir's oeuvre. It makes possible the reevaluation of her work and assures her of a deserved place in the Scottish literary canon.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781847675910
  • Publisher: Canongate Books
  • Publication date: 7/1/2010
  • Series: Canongate Classics, #69
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 720
  • File size: 2 MB

Meet the Author

Willa Muir (1890-1970) was born and brought up in Montrose. After her marriage to Edwin Muir she collaborated with him on many translations and after his death wrote a moving memoir of their life together called Belonging. Aside from her two novels, Mrs Ritchie and Imagined Corners, she also wrote a substantial amount of fiction and criticism throughout her life.

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