UpDate - Vol. 12, No. 5, Page 3 October 1, 1992 Prominent Scottish author centenary exhibition in library One of the most prominent Scottish literary figures of the 20th century is the focus of "Hugh MacDiarmid: An Exhibition Celebrating the Centenary of His Birth," on view now through Dec. 18 in the Special Collections Exhibition Gallery of the Hugh M. Morris Library. The free public exhibit is open from 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Mondays through Fridays, and until 8 p.m., Tuesdays. Organized by Timothy Murray, head of the Special Collections Department, the exhibition celebrates the life and career of MacDiarmid and is accompanied by a 33-page exhibition catalog, which shares the exhibit's name. MacDiarmid, born Christopher Murray Grieve on Aug. 11, 1892, is considered the most important Scottish author since Robert Burns and is generally credited with launching a Scottish Renaissance that embraced literature, art, politics and culture during the decades after World War I. In 1922, Grieve began writing under the pseudonym Hugh MacDiarmid as a way of demonstrating the qualities he felt were necessary for a regenerated Scottish literature. The work of MacDiarmid was well received, and with the publication of his masterpiece, A Drunk Man Looks at the Thistle in 1926, he earned his place as the leading Scottish author of his time. MacDiarmid's lasting reputation as a writer was established by the 1930s. His earliest successes were with his Scottish lyrics In all, more than 70 books were published under the authorship of MacDiarmid, Grieve or one of his other pseudonyms. That figure does not include all of the numerous pamphlets and small press editions of his work that were produced. The exhibition catalog is available for $20, plus $2.50 for postage and handling. The catalog printing was co-sponsored by the University of Delaware Library Associates, which is the friends group of the University of Delaware Library, and the Unidel Foundation. For further information on the exhibition, the catalog or the University of Delaware Library Associates, contact Susan Brynteson, director of libraries, telephone 831-2231.