Highland River

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Stokoe Code: A68
Publisher: Porpoise Press
Place: Edinburgh
Date: April 1937

First Edition:
HIGHLAND RIVER | by | NEIL M. GUNN | [space] | Edinburgh | THE PORPOISE PRESS

Collation:
[A] (8), B - I (8), No J, K - U (8), No V & W, X - Y (8), 176 leaves.
p. [1] - [2] blank; p. [3] HIGHLAND RIVER; p. [4] By the same author; p. [5] Title page; p. [6] [ital] Publisher's and Printer's notices: First published in April MCMXXXVII; p. [7] Letter of dedication to his brother John; p. [8] blank; pp. 9 - [348] Text; pp. [349] - [352] blank.
5" x 7 1/2". Bound in turquoise blue cloth, spine stamped in silver:
Highland | River | Neil M. | Gunn | [space] | Porpoise | Press Decoration in the form of a winding river, blocked in blue, runs down the full length of the spine.

Other Editions:
Lippincott | Philadelphia | 1937
Tauchnitz | Berlin | 1937
Faber and Faber | London | 1942 (New edition - reset)
Faber and Faber | London | 1943 (Q series)
Arrow Books | London | 1960 (Grey arrow series)
Arrow Books | London | 1974 ( New binding)
Canongate | Edinburgh | 1991 As one of the "Canongate Classics" series, with an introduction by Dairmid Gunn.
An extract entitled "The Salmon Fight", comprising chapter one of the novel appeared in: Storm and Precipice | Faber and Faber | London | 1st. October 1942 | pp. 21 - 37.
The same piece entitled "Highland River" appeared in: Argosy | London | August 1943 | pp. 13 - 24.
An extract entitled "In the Wood", comprising part of pp. 237 - 238 of the novel appeared in: Storm and Precipice | Faber and Faber | London | 1st. October 1942 | pp. 19 - 20.
An extract entitled "The River", comprising part of p. 239, pp. 240 - 243 and part of p. 244 of the novel appeared in: Storm and Precipice | Faber and Faber | London | 1st. October 1942 | pp. 71 - 75.
An extract entitled "To the Source", comprising part of p. 337 and pp. 338 - 348 of the novel appeared in: Storm and Precipice | Faber and Faber | London | 1st. October 1942 | pp. 102 - 110.
An extract entitled "A Highland Community", appeared in: Scotland, An Anthology | Paul Harris, ed. | Cadogan Books | London | 1985 | pp. 97 - 98.
The novel was dramatised for radio by John Wilson and was broadcast 12th. March 1962
An extract entitled "Boyhood Research", comprising part of p. 80, pp. 81 - 83 and part of p. 84 of the novel appeared in" Scotland, An Anthology | D.Dunn, ed. | Fontana | London | 1992 | pp. 62 - 65.
An extract comprising part of p. 320 appeared in the 1994 Caithness Calendar (Cover) | North of Scotland Newspapers | Wick | 1993
An extract comprising part of p. 151 appeared in the 1994 Caithness Calendar (January) | North of Scotland Newspapers | Wick | 1993
An extract comprising part of p. 151 appeared in the 1994 Caithness Calendar (February) | North of Scotland Newspapers | Wick | 1993
An extract comprising part of p. 332 appeared in the 1994 Caithness Calendar (April) | North of Scotland Newspapers | Wick | 1993
An extract comprising part of p. 151 appeared in the 1994 Caithness Calendar (July) | North of Scotland Newspapers | Wick | 1993
An extract comprising part of pp. 294 - 295 appeared in the 1994 Caithness Calendar (November) | North of Scotland Newspapers | Wick | 1993
An extract comprising part of p. 133 appeared in: Glimpses of Gunn | Ann Yule and Alan Haldane | Neil M. Gunn Memorial Trust | Dingwall | 1990 | p. 15. (This quotation was wrongly attributed to "Morning Tide")
An extract comprising part of p. 11 appeared in: Glimpses of Gunn | Ann Yule and Alan Haldane | Neil M. Gunn Memorial Trust | Dingwall | 1990 | pp. 16 - 17.
An extract comprising part of p. 26 appeared in: Glimpses of Gunn | Ann Yule and Alan Haldane | Neil M. Gunn Memorial Trust | Dingwall | 1990 | p. 18.
An extract comprising part of p. 295 appeared in: Glimpses of Gunn | Ann Yule and Alan Haldane | Neil M. Gunn Memorial Trust | Dingwall | 1990 | p. 19.
An extract comprising part of p. 31 appeared in: Glimpses of Gunn | Ann Yule and Alan Haldane | Neil M. Gunn Memorial Trust | Dingwall | 1990 | p. 23.
An extract comprising part of p. 150 appeared in: Glimpses of Gunn | Ann Yule and Alan Haldane | Neil M. Gunn Memorial Trust | Dingwall | 1990 | p. 23.
An extract comprising part of p. 160 appeared in: Glimpses of Gunn | Ann Yule and Alan Haldane | Neil M. Gunn Memorial Trust | Dingwall | 1990 | p. 23.
An extract comprising part of p. 160 appeared in: Glimpses of Gunn | Ann Yule and Alan Haldane | Neil M. Gunn Memorial Trust | Dingwall | 1990 | p. 35.
An extract comprising pp. 149 - 150 and part of p. 151 appeared in : The Bedside Rambler: A tour through Country writers' Britain | Christopher Somerville, ed. | Harper Collins | London | 1991 | p. 353.

Notes:
This novel won the James Tait Black, Memorial Prize for 1937.
According to Professor F.R.Hart in his "A Brief Memoir"( Neil M. Gunn: The Man and the Writer | A.Scott and D.Gifford, eds. | William Blackwood | Edinburgh | 1973) the brother who was temporarily blinded in war time was John, to whom the book is dedicated. He also states that the pilgrimage to the source actually happened, it was indeed foreshadowed in "The Poaching at Grianan".
The hero sets out to trace the source of his local river, to which he has returned after wanderings. In finding the source he also finds himself, through remembered scenes from his life and the magic of his surroundings. It is set in Gunn's native Dunbeath.

Details from C J L Stokoe's Bibliography