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Northman: John Hewitt (1907-87): An Irish writer, his world, and his times

W. J. McCormack


This biography of the influential Irish poet and gallery curator moves from his origins in non-conformist Belfast through his local education, early efforts at writing, the left-wing politics of the 1930s and war years to his final days of retirement back in his native city. It is grounded in original and detailed archival research into Hewitt’s manuscripts, literary and personal. The poetry is treated closely, especially the experimental (and unpublished) ‘Red Hand’, No Rebel Word (1948), and An Ulster Reckoning (1971). Chapters are devoted to Hewitt’s interest in regionalism, his professiona ... More

Keywords: John Hewitt, Ireland, Ulster, twentieth century, politics, socialism, regionalism, religious doubt, art, poetry

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2015 Print ISBN-13: 9780198739821
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: August 2015 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198739821.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

W. J. McCormack, author
Former Professor of Literary History, Goldsmiths, University of London