Moving in Circles: Willa Muir's Writings

Moving in Circles: Willa Muir's Writings

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This is a first full-length critical study of Willa Muir's writings including a poignant memoir of her husband Edwin Muir.It contains poems, letters and work previously unpublished.It will appeal to those interested in 20th century Scottish literature and 1920s and '30s Modernism - Willa & Edwin Muir were part of a restless intellectual group of writers and thinkers such as Hugh MacDiarmid, T.S. Eliot, Robert Lowell...Willa & Edwin Muir were the first translators of Franz Kafka's work into English."Imagined Selves", a collection of Willa Muir's work, is a Canongate Classic. Willa Muir is now taught on many University courses and this new book taps in to the current renaissance of interest in Scottish women's writing.Willa Muir (1890-1970) was born in Montrose. She studied Classics at St Andrews University. With Edwin she lived a peripatetic life which included time spent in London, Prague, France and at Newbattle Abbey.Willa Muir published two novels ("Imagined Corners" and "Mrs Ritchie"), two polemics ("Women: An Inquiry" and "Mrs Grundy in Scotland"); two non-fiction studies ("Living with Ballads" and "Belonging", a memoir of her husband Edwin Muir), poetry; and numerous reviews and translations (including Franz Kafka's work).

 

"Moving in Circles" considers Willa's work, including her journals and letters, in the contexts of modernism. It also explores feminism of the 1920s, and the extent to which Willa's radical exploration of gender and the position of women underwrites all her work.

 

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