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That Vital Spark: The Neil Munro Anthology

Neil Munro

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ISBN 10: 1841582042 / ISBN 13: 9781841582047
Published by Interlink Pub Group Inc, 2002
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Title: That Vital Spark: The Neil Munro Anthology

Publisher: Interlink Pub Group Inc

Publication Date: 2002

Binding: Paperback

Book Condition:Good

Edition: 1St Edition - may be Reissue.

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Neil Munro's reputation fluctuated wildly: an immensely successful novelist in the early years of the twentieth century, he was attacked in the 1920s by Hugh MacDiarmid for not addressing contemporary Highland issues. At his death in 1930 he was commonly referred to as the heir to Scott and Stevenson, but by the 1980s the novels that built that reputation were out of print and one incomplete edition of his Para Handy stories was all that remained available. Lacking a comprehensive anthology, readers have been unable to judge his work as a whole and have missed much of real delight and merit. That Vital Spark meets this need and presents a rich and varied selection of some of the best of Munro's light fiction, literary short stories, journalism, criticism, descriptive writing, and poetry. Also included are two very early short stories in the thriller genre and the opening chapters of his unfinished last novel, The Search. His work as novelist, poet, journalist, and critic can for the first time be properly assessed. More than seventy percent of the material in this collection is not otherwise available and over half of that seventy percent has never been presented in book form at any time. This anthology appears at a time of growing academic and public interest in Munro's work.

The editors have drawn on a wide variety of sources and provide full introductions to the texts and, where necessary, explanatory notes. Osborne and Armstrong edited the successful editions of Munro's Erchie, Para Handy, and Jimmy Swan anthologies, which played a significant part in the Munro revival.

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Neil Munro was born in 1863. He followed a career in journalism, eventually becoming editor of the Glasgow Evening News. He achieved great success as a poet and novelist, writing masterpieces of historical fiction such as John Splendid and The New Road as well as the humorous tales of Para Handy, Erchie, and Jimmy Swan. Munro died in 1930.

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