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Collected Verse brings together for the first time poems from Alasdair Gray’s published volumes, along with new and previously unpublished poetry. The book is designed and extensively illustrated by Gray, an established artist; it includes his characteristic front and back board embossed designs and woodcuts by Ian McCulloch.
WHAT OTHERS HAVE SAID ABOUT ALASDAIR GRAY
‘In discussing his work, much is made of the glorious literary forefathers he’s regularly compared with. Yet if any contemporary author can be described as a “writer’s writer” then it’s the massively influential Glaswegian, his list of acolytes reading like a Who’s Who of modern British fiction. (...) (H)e is one of the most gifted writers who have put pen to paper in the English language.’ Irvine Welsh, The Guardian
‘Alasdair Gray is one of the most important living writers in English. His satirical blend of realism and fantasy and his compassionate use of humor and sorrow distinguish his novels, short stories, plays, and poems in the crowded field of contemporary literature.’ Stephen Bernstein
‘Alasdair Gray’s mind is a wondrous and densely populated place.’
Catherine Lockerbie, The Scotsman
‘A talented painter, muralist, and illustrator he crafts his books. The words alone suffice, but Gray’s illustrations and sense of presentation manage to improve even on these. There is no question: Gray is one of the major authors writing in English today.’ The Complete Review
About Alasdair Gray
Alasdair Gray is the author of many novels, short stories, plays, poems, pamphlets and works of literary criticism. He is also an accomplished artist who has painted many murals, and is the designer and illustrator of his own books as well as those of other writers. Gray’s most acclaimed work is his first novel Lanark, published in 1981 and written over a period of almost thirty years. It is now regarded as a classic, and was described by The Guardian as “one of the landmarks of 20th-century fiction.” His novel Poor Things (1992) won the Whitbread Prize and the Guardian Fiction Prize.
We are grateful to the Scottish Arts Council for a grant towards the publication of Collected Verse.