The Drinking Well
Stokoe Code: A107
Publisher: Faber and Faber
Date: February 1947
THE | DRINKING WELL | by | NEIL M. GUNN | [space] | FABER AND FABER LTD | 24 Russell Square | London
[A] (8), B - I (16), No J, K - P (16), 232 leaves.
p.  THE DRINKING WELL; p.  By the same author; p.  Title page; p.  [ital] Publisher's and Printer's notices: First published in MCMXLVI; p.  Contents; p.  To My | OLD FRIEND IAN | and the sheep farm on the Grampians, | not forgetting the little black diary; p.  PART 1 | AT HOME; p.  blank; pp. 9 - 464 Text.
5" x 7 1/2". Bound in green cloth, spine stamped in Gold: THE | DRINKING | WELL | BY | NEIL M. | GUNN | [space] | FABER
G.W. Stewart | New York | 1947
Souvenir Press | London | 1978
An extract entitled " A Dream of Edinburgh", comprising chapter fifteen of part two of the novel (with slight alterations) had appeared in: The Scots Magazine | Dundee | August 1946 | pp. 343 - 348.
The novel was dramatised for radio and broadcast 3rd. December 1956.
An extract entitled "Poaching", comprising part of p. 57, pp. 58 - 59 and part of p. 60 appeared in: Scotland: An Anthology | Maurice Lindsay, ed. | Robert Hale | November 1974 | pp. 374 - 377.
An extract comprising part of p. 187 appeared in: Glimpses of Gunn | Ann Yule and Alan Haldane | Neil M. Gunn Memorial Trust | Dingwall | 1990 | p. 20.
Birlinn | Edinburgh | 2006
Whilst the work bears the imprint 1946, according to Faber, it was not published until 21st. February 1947. Some copies of the first edition are known to have been mis-bound with two "M" sections and no "N" section. Iain Cattenach, the hero, first appeared in "The Man Who Came Back ( Study for a one-act play)" in: The Scots Magazine | Dundee | March 1928 | pp. 419 - 429.
The play for which the above was a study was: Back Home | W. Wilson | Glasgow | 1932. The story explores, in much greater detail, the ideas first expressed in the above works, and shows effectively the contrasts between urban and rural life. The rural setting is a large sheep farm between Newtonmore and Dalwhinnie in the Grampians which, as can be seen from the dedication, was well known to Gunn.