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Eric Linklater

Eric Linklater

Eric Linklater (1899-1974) was born in Wales and educated in Aberdeen. Linklater served as a private in the Black Watch in the closing years of the First World War, surviving a nearly fatal head wound to return to Aberdeen to take a degree in English. After a spell in Mumbai with the Times of India, Linklater spent time as a University teacher in Aberdeen and was granted a Commonwealth Fellowship which allowed him to travel in America from 1928 to 1930. Linklater's writing life began with White Maa's Saga (1929) and Poet's Pub of the same year, led to him taking up a full time writing career. His first satire Juan in America, followed his American trip, while the equally irreverent Magnus Merriman was based on his experiences as a nationalist candidate for a by-election in East Fife. Linklater joined that Army again in the Second World War and spent time as a War Office correspondent reporting the Italian campaign. His experiences during the War inspired Private Angelo a compassionate comedy, influence by his time in Italy. With these and many other books, stories and plays to his name, Linklater enjoyed a long and popular career as a writer.

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