Alasdair Gray

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Alasdair Gray
Alasdair Gray (1994) by Guenter Prust.jpg
BornAlasdair Gray
28 December 1934(1934-12-28)
Glesga, Scotland
Dee'd29 December 2019 (aged 85)
Glesga, Scotland
ThriftNovelist, airtist, playwricht, academic, teacher, poet
GenreScience feection, dystopianism, surrealism, realism
Leeterar muivementPostmodren leeteratur
Notable warksLanark: A Life in Four Books
1982, Janine
Poor Things
The Book of Prefaces

Alasdair Gray (28 December 1934 – 29 December 2019) wis a Scots writer an airtist that wis born in Glesga. His first novel, Lanark, wis setten furth in 1981, an teuk near 30 year tae fienish.[1] The Guardian sayed the beuk wis "a important bit 20t centurie fiction."[2]

Earlie life[eedit | eedit soorce]

Alasdair Gray wis born in Riddrie i the north-east o Glesga on the 28 December 1934.[3] His sister Mora wis born twa year efterhaund. Gray wis evacuatit tae Auchterairder in Perthshire an Stanehoose in Lanrikshire wi his maw an sister in the Seicont Warld War.[4] Gray an his faimilie bade in Wetherby in Yorkshire frae 1942 til 1945, seein as his faither wis rinnin a hostel for fowk wirkin til ROF Thorp Arch, a airms warks.[3][4]

Efter the war wis throu, Gray bade in a schame in Riddrie an got his schuilin at Whitehill Hie-schuil, whaur he wis editor o the schuil magazine an wan prizes for Airt an English.[3][5] Gray aften gaed til the public librar. He haed a rare teir readin Winnie-the-Pooh an comics the likes o The Beano an The Dandy.[6]

Gray gaed til the Glesga Schuil o Airt frae 1952 til 1957 for tae lairn desine an mural pentin. He stairtit writin whit wad come tae be Lanark whan he wis a airt scholar. The first beuk wis fienisht in 1963, an Gray pat it til the Curtis Brown Literacy Agency, tho the publisher turnt it doun.[4]

Personal life[eedit | eedit soorce]

Gray mairit a Dens nierish, Inge Sørensen, in 1961. The twa o thaim haed a son, Andrew, in 1963. Gray an Sørensen divertit in 1969.[7][8] He wis in a relatoinship wi Bethsy Gray, a Dens jeweller, for aicht year afore it endit ower the heid o Alasdair drinkin a lot o bouse, tho thay wis freends efter splittin up.[9] Alisdair wis mairit on Morag McAlpine frae 1991 til she dee'd in 2014 efter haein a illness for a wee.[7][10] Alisdair bade in Glesga for aa o his adult life.

Later life[eedit | eedit soorce]

Alasdair dee'd on the 29 December 2019 in The Soothren General in the Soothside o Glesga, the day efter he turnt 85. He gied his bouk tae science an thare wis nae funeral.[11]

Some warks[eedit | eedit soorce]

Novels[eedit | eedit soorce]

  • Lanark (1981)
  • 1982, Janine (1984)
  • The Fall of Kevin Walker (1985)
  • Something Leather (1990)
  • McGrotty and Ludmilla (1990)
  • Poor Things (1992)
  • A History Maker (1994)
  • Mavis Belfrage (1996)
  • Old Men In Love (2007)

Cuttie stories[eedit | eedit soorce]

  • Unlikely Stories, Mostly (1983)
  • Lean Tales (1985)
  • Ten Tales Tall & True (1993)
  • The Ends of Our Tethers: 13 Sorry Stories (2005)
  • Every Short Story by Alasdair Gray 1951-2012 (2012)

Theater[eedit | eedit soorce]

  • A Gray Play Book (2009)
  • Fleck (2011)

Soorces[eedit | eedit soorce]

  1. "Lanark by Alasdair Gray". (in Inglis). Retrieved 19 Mey 2021.
  2. Staff, Guardian (22 Julie 2008). "Alasdair Gray". the Guardian (in Inglis). Retrieved 19 Mey 2021.
  3. a b c "Alasdair Gray's creative talents spanned the arts". belfasttelegraph (in Inglis). ISSN 0307-1235. Retrieved 19 Mey 2021.
  4. a b c "Gray's Abbreviated Curriculum Vitae". Alisdair Gray. Archived frae the original on 20 November 2019. Retrieved 19 Mey 2021.
  5. "BBC Two - Writing Scotland - Alasdair Gray". BBC (in Inglis). Retrieved 19 Mey 2021.
  6. "Alasdair Gray explains how his love of fable never left him as he grew up". (in Inglis). Retrieved 19 Mey 2021.
  7. a b "Alasdair Gray obituary". the Guardian (in Inglis). 29 December 2019. Retrieved 19 Mey 2021.
  8. "Alasdair Gray | Poet". Scottish Poetry Library (in Inglis). Retrieved 19 Mey 2021.
  9. Sansom, Ian (19 September 2008). "Review: Alasdair Gray by Rodge Glass". the Guardian (in Inglis). Retrieved 19 Mey 2021.
  10. "Private funeral for wife of author Gray". HeraldScotland (in Inglis). Retrieved 19 Mey 2021.
  11. "Alasdair Gray, the beloved author and artist, has died". (in Inglis). Retrieved 19 Mey 2021.