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Alexander Reid (1914-1982) - Dramatist

He was born on 19th August 1914 in Edinburgh, Scotland, and was educated there at George Heriot's School. Between 1929 and 1936 he was a journalist with the Edinburgh Evening News, followed by a period with the SMT Magazine for which he wrote a series of articles on Scotland's history and literature. During World War II he was a conscientious objector and afterwards worked as a bookseller and accountant until he became a full-time writer and broadcaster in 1948. His most successful play, The Lass wi' the Muckle Mou, was first performed at the Glasgow Citizens' Theatre in November 1950 and has since been translated into several languages. His other plays are Worlds Without End, The World's Wonder, Diana and Voyage Ashore. Reid also wrote on France, where he lived in 1949, and published two collections of verse. He died on 1 July 1982 in Edinburgh.

Works: Steps to a Viewpoint (1947); The Milky Way (1956); The Lass wi' the Muckle Mou (1958); Two Scots Plays (1958); The World's Wonder (1958); Zoo-illogical Rhymes (1960); The Young Traveller in France (1963).

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