J. Leslie Mitchell

Lewis Grassic Gibbon

Lewis Grassic Gibbon
Born James Leslie Mitchell
13 February 1901
Hillhead Seggat, Auchterless, Aberdeenshire
Died 7 February 1935 aoremovetag(aged 33)
Welwyn Garden City, Hertfordshire
Pen name Lewis Grassic Gibbon
Occupation Novelist
Nationality Scottish
Citizenship British
Period 1928–1935
Genres General fiction
Subjects Scottish country life
Science fiction
Historical novels
Literary movement 20th century Scottish Renaissance
Notable work(s) The trilogy A Scots Quair, in particular the first book Sunset Song
Children Rhea Martin


Lewis Grassic Gibbon was the pseudonym of James Leslie Mitchell (13 February 1901 – 7 February 1935), a Scottish writer.


Born in Auchterless and raised in Arbuthnott, then in Kincardineshire, Mitchell started working as a journalist for the Aberdeen Journal and the at age 16. In 1919 he joined the Royal Army Service Corps and served in Iran, India and Egypt before enlisting in the Royal Air Force in 1920. In the RAF he worked as a clerk and spent some time in the Middle East. He married Rebecca Middleton in 1925, with whom he settled in Welwyn Garden City. He began writing full-time in 1929. Mitchell wrote numerous books and shorter works under both his real name and nom de plume before his early death in 1935 of peritonitis brought on by a perforated ulcer.

Mitchell attracted attention from his earliest attempts at fiction, notably from H. G. Wells, but it was his trilogy entitled A Scots Quair, and in particular its first book Sunset Song, with which he made his mark. A Scots Quair with its combination of realist narrative and lyrical use of dialect is considered to be among the defining works of 20th century Scottish Renaissance.

The was established in Arbuthnott in 1991 to commemorate the author's life.


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