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Northman: John Hewitt (1907-87)An Irish writer, his world, and his times$
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W. J. McCormack

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780198739821

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: August 2015

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198739821.001.0001

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1974, and after Roberta

1974, and after Roberta

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Northman: John Hewitt (1907-87)

W. J. McCormack

Oxford University Press

Hewitt’s publications in his Belfast retirement years are examined, not only poetry but also Ulster art history and the history of nineteenth-century folk poetry. The role of the new Blackstaff Press is central in maintaining a public presence for him as a contemporary writer. In his personal life, Roberta’s death in 1974 brought to an end their remarkable partnership, stimulating tributes to her from many writers, including Seamus Heaney. ‘At the Newsagent’s’, ‘The Mortal Place’, and ‘A Little People’ are closely read. His poetic attention to sectarian murder (mainly in Belfast) is disclosed as well-informed and acutely rendered.

Keywords:   Ulster art history, folk poetry, Blackstaff Press, Roberta Hewitt, Seamus Heaney, sectarian murder

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