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He was well-known as a songwriter and poet (his collection Elegies for the Dead in Cyrenaica won the Somerset Maugham Prize in 1949) and as a pioneer in the field of Scottish folk studies and song collecting. Henderson was also a highly original translator of poetry - from Gaelic, French, German, Latin and Greek - much of it into Scots, and also of the work of the Italian socialist Antonio Gramsci, whose Prison Letters he published in English in 1974. This book brings together around sixty pieces spanning fifty years - essays, articles, reviews and reminiscences - which demonstrate the enormous diversity of his interests. There are essays on literature (Hugh MacDiarmid and Lorca), politics (post-war Germany, the Clearances), and, of course, on the folk song tradition. Alias MacAlias was first published by Polygon in 1992. Birlinn will publish a major biography of Hamish Henderson by Timothy Neat in 2005.
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Hamish Henderson was born in Blairgowrie, Perthshire, in 1919 and spent his early years in Glenshee before moving to Ireland and then Devon. He won a scholarship to Dulwich College and went on to study Modern Languages at Cambridge. During the Second World he served in North Africa and Italy with the 51st Highland Division, and personally accepted the surrender of Italy from Marshall Graziani. He was a founder of the School of Scottish Studies in 1951 and, during his time there, made distinguished contributions to folk scholarship. He remained an honorary fellow of the school for the rest of his life. Hamish Henderson died in March 2002.
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Book Description Polygon An Imprint of Birlinn Limited, 2001. Condition: New. book. Seller Inventory # M0748660429