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Beyond the Last Dragon

A Life of Edwin Morgan

James McGonigal

Beyond the Last Dragon by James McGonigal

Edwin Morgan's restless imagination moved easily between multiple worlds, voices and identities. His own life story, told here for the first time, also reveals a range of identities – as academic, cultural activist, radical writer, international traveller, gay man and national poet. These identities were sometimes in conflict, or kept hidden and apart.

Beyond the Last Dragon, written with his full support, explores hitherto unknown archive resources and creative work. It recounts an amazing and sometimes troubled career, using the poet's own letters, poems and plays from the 1930s to the present day to uncover the often local origins of his still remarkable – at 90 years – inventiveness and flair. All this is set against Edwin Morgan's moving struggle against 'the last dragon' of cancer, and to remain creatively alive in the face of suffering.

Winner of The Saltire Research Book of the Year 2011.

RRP: £11.99
Format: Paperback
ISBN: 9781905207893
Publication Date: 31/05/2012

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James McGonigal
James McGonigal was until recently a lecturer in English at the University of Glasgow. He was, for many years, a close friend and confidant of the poet, as well as...


‘James McGonigal’s brilliant biography of Edwin Morgan gives great insight into the poet’s life and work.’


‘James McGonigal’s beautifully produced biography is thorough, readable, and knowledgeable.’

Scottish Review of Books