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Nan Shepherd, a Scotswoman, published between 1928 and 1934 three novels and a volume of poems. A volume of nature-writing or memoir about her relationship with the Cairngorm mountains proved unacceptable during the 1940s, and although it appeared as The Living Mountain in 1977, Shepherd never published another book, but confined herself to literary articles in the Aberdeen University Review. Her novels, which render everyday experience in remote, rural locations with modernist intensity and particularity of detail, received critical acclaim on first appearance but were then forgotten until the publishing house of Canongate initiated a revival in 1987.
11 February 1893 NS was born at Westerton Cottage in East Peterculter, Aberdeenshire, Scotland. She was the younger of two children. Her brother, Frank, died in South Africa soon after the First World War. Bibliographic Citation link.
After August 1977 NS succeeded in publishing her book The Living Mountain: a Celebration of the Cairngorm Mountains of Scotland, which she had written, submitted, and had rejected in the 1940s. Bibliographic Citation link.
27 February 1981 NS died in Aberdeen, at Woodend Hospital. Bibliographic Citation link.
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