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Gunn, Neil M

Entry updated 12 September 2022. Tagged: Author.

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(1891-1973) Scottish author and civil servant, author of many novels, the first being Grey Coast (1926). It and some others – like Morning Tide (1931), The Lost Glen (1932), Second Sight (1940) and The Silver Bough (1948) – contain fantasy elements of interest, reminiscent at times of the Celtic Twilight writings of Fiona MacLeod (William Sharp, 1855-1905) [see The Encyclopedia of Fantasy under links below]. The Green Isle of the Great Deep (1944), a sequel to Young Art and Old Hector (1942), describes the experiences of an old man and a young boy in an Underground realm which turns out to be a sterile and totalitarian land of the dead (see Dystopias): their protests to God are successful. The Well at the World's End (1951), whose title acknowledges a debt to William Morris, sums up Gunn's style, which is rich and sometimes sentimental, and his abiding concern, which is the evocation of an idealized Scotland. [JC]

Neil Miller Gunn

born Dunbeath, Caithness, Scotland: 8 November 1891

died Inverness, Scotland: 15 January 1973



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