A World of Thought and Imagination

Raine, Kathleen
December 1954
New Republic;12/6/54, Vol. 131 Issue 23, p25
This article critically appraises the book "An Autobiography," by Edwin Muir. Muir's refusal to despair has been heroic. It is the measure, not only of his own greatness, but of the greatness of man, for it has been the Fable, and not the Story, from which the poet has drawn strength. As a young man in Glasgow he battled with the nightmare of a materialist vision that sees mankind as "merely animals furnished with human faculties, as with weapons, which they can take up or lay down at will." Yet it would be wrong to suggest that Muir's autobiography is so personal and private a record as to set him outside the events of his time; still less that there has ever, for him, been any question of a subjective world.


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