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«Keeping the Sources Pure»

The Making of George Mackay Brown


Sabine Schmid

Contents: Brown’s Orkney background – Brown and Scottish literature – Brown and European literature – Brown and Modernism – Brown’s and Edwin Muir’s personal and literary relationship – Skaldic influences – Influence of Gerard Manley Hopkins on Brown’s spiritual vision and approach to poetry and the word – The search for wholeness – Brown and Catholicism – Hopkins’ idea of inscape and Brown – Sacramental art – Brown’s interest in Thomas Mann – Modern literature and ‘the ordinary’ – Bertolt Brecht’s influence on Brown.