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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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Disappointments: Stranmillis and Mount Charles, 1951–56

Disappointments: Stranmillis and Mount Charles, 1951–56

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Northman: John Hewitt (1907-87)

W. J. McCormack

Oxford University Press

Hewitt’s MA thesis on Ulster folk poetry is compared to the later published version (1974), especially with reference to political nuance and the significance of the 1798 rebellion in his thought. Much of the chapter deals with the contest for Hewitt’s (non)appointment as director of the Belfast Museum and Art Gallery. The prolonged manoeuvres were interspersed by a British Association conference in Belfast, also the presence of the English novelist E. M. Forster and the visionary painter Stanley Spencer. In the appointment contest, Hewitt was gallantly supported by Zoltan Frankl, émigré art-collector. The successful candidate was Bill Seaby, who proved to be an able and pleasant superior. On his way to London after the interview, Hewitt contemplated suicide. Recuperated in Antrim, the Hewitts attended a sociable funeral, and John wrote a good deal of verse.

Keywords:   John Hewitt, 1798 rebellion, Belfast, E. M. Forster, Stanley Spencer, Zoltan Frankl, suicide

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