The Black Halo
The Complete English Stories 1977-98
By (author) Iain Crichton-Smith
Volume editor Kevin MacNeil
Introduction by Kevin MacNeil
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Black Halo by Iain Crichton-Smith
Book DescriptionThe house was extraordinarily peaceful as if by an act of will I had banished all the fertile ghosts. It had an unearthly calm as if I were floating on a dumb sea of solitude. I found myself humming to myself as if I had come to the silence of myself. I went to the bookcase and took out a book and began to read. Strangely enough I didn't realise at first what book it was. Then I saw that it was the Bible. I turned to the New Testament and began to read, 'In the beginning was the Word...' - The Hermit ALTHOUGH BEST KNOWN as one of Scotland's greatest modern poets, Iain Crichton Smith was also prolific as a writer of short stories. These pieces form a central part of his oeuvre, demonstrating the full range and versatility of his literary talent. From humour to tragedy, from inner monologues to extrovert surrealism, the diversity of his writing indicates the extraordinary range of his own reading and mental world. Crichton Smith wrote short stories throughout his life. Some are fragments, others almost novellas, and the best of them all show him to be an author of unique sensitivity and intelligence. These two collections, comprising the complete English stories, include over 45 stories never before published in book form, as well as others that have been out of print for many years, thus making it possible to judge Crichton Smith's achievement as a writer in full. Incorporates stories from The Hermit, Murdo, Mr Trill in Hades and Selected Stories.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9781841581712
(196mm x 126mm x 42mm)
Imprint: Birlinn Ltd
Publisher: Birlinn General
Publish Date: 23-Nov-2001
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author Iain Crichton-Smith
New Collected Poems, Paperback (January 2011)
Includes poems that are takes from the four books the poet published in the 1990s: "Ends and Beginnings" (1994), "The Human Face" (1996), "The Leaf" and "The Marble" (1998) and "A Country for Old Men" and "My Canadian Uncle" (2000), together with extracts from his 1971 translation of "Dain do Eimhir agus Dain Eile" ("Poems to Eimhir", 1943).
Consider the Lilies, Paperback (December 2001)
Now considered a modern classic, CONSIDER THE LILIES focuses on the eviction of an old woman from her croft.
Red Door, Paperback (November 2001)
Although best known as one of Scotland's greatest modern poets, Iain Crichton Smith was also a prolific writer of short stories. These pieces form a central part of his oeuvre, demonstrating the range and versatility of his literary talent. This collection contains over 45 stories.
Thoughts of Murdo, Paperback (July 2001)» View all books by Iain Crichton-Smith
Dismissed from his job as a bank clerk Murdo sets out to convert all he meets to his extraordinary philosophy and unique vision of the world. As part of his antics he creates the even more extraordinary figure of Sam Spaid of Portree - the religious private detective.
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Author Biography - Iain Crichton-Smith
IAIN CRICHTON SMITH was one of the best-loved and most prolific Scottish authors of the twentieth century. He was born in Glasgow, brought up in Lewis, and attended university in Aberdeen. After starting work as a teacher in Clydebank and Dumbarton, he taught at the High School in Oban until he took early retirement in 1977. He was the recipient of many literary awards and received an OBE in 1980. His widow, Donalda, still lives in Taynuilt, where the couple moved after their marriage in 1977.
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