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Lewis Grassic Gibbon (James Leslie Mitchell)


Gibbon – real name James Leslie Mitchell – is best known for his Scots Quair. It is rightly famous for being written in Scots vernacular and for giving a true Scottish voice to Scottish literature. Yet Gibbon had, till then, primarily written as an Englishman, with an English, rather than Scottish voice. He was born James Leslie Mitchell in 1901 in Arbuthnott in north-east Scotland. His father was a crofter. Gibbon never wanted to work on the land, despite his attachment to it, and determined to be a writer from an early age. He initially worked as a journalist but was fired for cheating on his expenses. In 1919, he enlisted in the Royal Army Service Corps and served in the Middle East. He returned home in 1923 and tried to earn work as a writer but was unable to do so, so he re-enlisted as a clerk and lived in England. He remained in England after his discharge in 1929 and, from that time, earned his living as a writer. He wrote his best-known work, the Scot Quair trilogy, in the early thirties but sadly died of a perforated gastric ulcer a year after the final volume appeared, in 1935.

Books about Lewis Grassic Gibbon

Ian Campbell: Lewis Grassic Gibbon
Ian S Munro: Leslie Mitchell: Lewis Grassic Gibbon

Other links

Lewis Grassic Gibbon Centre
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Lewis Grassic Gibbon (in Scots)
Lewis Grassic Gibbon (his grave)


1928 Hanno: Or the Future of Exploration
1930 Stained Radiance: A Fictionist’s Preludes
1931 The Thirteenth Disciples
1931 The Calends of Cairos (US: Cairo Dawns: Story Cycle with a Proem)
1932 Three Go Backs
1932 The Lost Trumpets
1932 Sunset Song
1932 Persian Dawns, Egyptian Nights: Two Story-Cycles
1933 Image and Superscriptions
1933 Cloud Howe
1933 Spartacus
1934 Earth Conquerors: The Lives and Achievements of the Great Explorers
1934 Niger: The Life of Mungo Park
1934 Gay Hunter
1934 Grey Granite
1934 Scottish Scene or the Intelligent Man’s Guide to Albyn, (with Hugh MacDiarmid)
1934 Nine Against the Unknown: A Record of Geographical Explorations
1934 The Conquest of the Mayas
1967 A Scots Hairst: Essays and Short Stories
1982 The Speak of the Mearns