Douglas Dunn

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Douglas Eaglesham Dunn, OBE, (born October 23, 1942), is a Scottish poet, academic and critic. He currently lives in Scotland.

He was born in Inchinnan, Renfrewshire. He was educated at the Scottish School of Librarianship, and he worked as a librarian before he started his studies in Hull. After graduating with a First Class Honours degree from the University of Hull, he worked in the Brynmor Jones Library under Philip Larkin. He was friendly with Larkin and admired his poetry, but did not share his political opinions.

Since 1991, he has been Professor of English at the University of St Andrews, becoming Director of the University's Scottish Studies Centre in 1993. He was a member of the Scottish Arts Council (1992-1994). He holds an honorary doctorate (LL.D., law) from the University of Dundee and an honorary doctorate (D.Litt., literature) from the University of Hull. He became a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature in 1981, and was appointed an Officer of the Order of the British Empire in 2003.

Terry Street, Dunn's first collection of poems, appeared in 1969 and received a Scottish Arts Council Book Award as well as a Somerset Maugham Award.

Further works include:

  • The Happier Life - 1972
  • Love or Nothing - 1974
  • Barbarians - 1979
  • St. Kilda's Parliament - 1981
  • Europa's Lover - 1982
  • Elegies - 1985
  • Secret Villages (collection of short stories) - 1985
  • Northlight - 1988
  • Dante's Drum-Kit - 1993
  • Boyfriends and Girlfriends - 1995
  • The Donkey's Ear - 2000
  • The Year's Afternoon - 2000
  • New Selected Poems 1964-2000 - 2002

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