|Edwin Muir is buried at the church of St. Cyriac &
St. Julitta, Swaffham Prior, Cambridgeshire, England.
Grave of Edwin Muir
Photograph by Dee Bushell
born on the island of Orkney - but moved with his family to Glasgow
in 1901. Tragically, within 5 years of the move both his parents and
two of his brothers were dead.
As a young man he worked in many low-paid jobs and soon became involved in left
wing politics - influenced by the work of writers such as Nietzsche.
In 1919 he married Willa Anderson. During the 1920s and
1930s the pair travelled extensively in Europe and developed an
interest in modernist fiction.
Later they went on to collaborate on translations - most notably
that of Franz Kafka.
Much of Muir's poetry drew upon his
Orkney childhood. It was traditional in form but beneath the surface
there lurked a quiet menace - as exemplified in poems such as