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Chapman Issue 71

Issue: 71 - Peerie Willa Muir

Long-overshadowed by her husband Edwin, new light is thrown on Willa Muir as author, poet, translator and feminist. Patricia Mudge in ‘A Quorum of Willas’ explores her life, and the various roles and aspects of her personality, establishing for one thing, that it was Willa who did the famous Kafka translations while Edwin got the credit. Janet Caird assesses Willa’s novels in ‘Cakes Not Turned’ and Catriona Soukup looks at ‘Willa in Wartime’ and in ‘Belonging’, Lumir Soukup examines her relationship with Edwin. Willa’s own writing is also included. William J Rae contributes another entrancing Scots fable, Maggie Stephen supplies appropriate instruction in ‘The Preparation of Meat’ – an imaginative story for strong stomachs; plus poetry by Gavin Bowd, Antonia Dodds, Alastair Dunnett, Rab Fulton, Robin Jenkins, John Dixon, Stuart Paterson, George Smith, Ruth Thomas and Màiri NicGumaraid. 104pp, 1992-3, ISBN-10: 0-906772-53-2 / ISBN-13: 978-0-906772-53-9 £5.00