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John Macnair Reid (1895-1954) - Poet

He was born on 14th December 1895 in Glasgow, Scotland. After leaving school he joined the staff of the Glasgow Herald, and, after a short period in Inverness, most of the rest of his working life was spent as a journalist in Glasgow. From 1936 to the outbreak of World War II he lived on the Island of Eigg, and the last years of his life were spent in Torridon in Wester Ross. He died as the result of a motoring accident on 17th December 1954. Reid began writing poetry and short stories in 1929 but very little of his work was published during his lifetime. He used his position as a reviewer with the Glasgow Herald and the Evening Times to propagate the work of the writers associated with the aims of the Scottish Renaissance movement. He wrote two sensitive novels of Glasgow life both of which are remarkable for their sympathetic treatment of the misery caused by the existence of rigid class boundaries: Homeward Journey (1934) and Judy from Crown Street which was published posthumously in 1970. Reid also did sterling work as an editor, and his collection of Scottish one-act plays is a valuable record of the drama of the period, especially the work created specifically for the amateur dramatic movement.

Works: The Gleam on the Road (1928); ed. Scottish One-Act Plays (1933); Symbols and Other Poems (1933); Homeward Journey (1934); Tobias the Rod (1968); Judy from Crown Street (1970).

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