The Circle of Affection and Other Pieces in Prose and Verse

by Duncan Campbell Scott




The arrangement of the Prose and Verse in this collection makes a foreword almost unnecessary. No further explanation will make clearer the reasons for the main divisions. The intention of the whole was to bring together later work in prose and verse, prose which had become accessible, and early stories and poems which had not previously appeared in book form. The title for the collection, borrowed from the opening story, seemed to the writer appropriate, for throughout the book a circle of affection is gradually rounded: an affection for persons and places, for his own country and other countries, an affection for moods, for passions and aspirations. The first story begins with the most important of human virtues and the last ends with a mystical significance that brings the circle to completion. If this idea is imaginary, a possession of the writer alone, it will not detract from what is, in itself, a good title and therefore needs no defence.