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Scotland's Books A History of Scottish Literature

ISBN-10: 0195386248

ISBN-13: 9780195386240

Edition: 2009

Authors: Robert Crawford

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From Treasure Island to Trainspotting, Scotland's rich literary tradition has influenced writing across centuries and cultures far beyond its borders. Here, for the first time, is a single volume presenting the glories of fifteen centuries of Scottish literature. In Scotland's Books the much loved poet Robert Crawford tells the story of Scottish imaginative writing and its relationship to the country's history. Stretching from the medieval masterpieces of St. Columba's Iona - the earliest surviving Scottish work - to the energetic world of twenty-first-century writing by authors such as Ali Smith and James Kelman, this outstanding account traces the development of literature in Scotland and explores the cultural, linguistic and literary heritage of the nation. It includes extracts from the writing discussed to give a flavor of the original work, and its new research ranges from specially made translations of ancient poems to previously unpublished material from the Scottish Enlightenment and interviews with living writers. Informative and readable, this is the definitive single-volume guide to the marvelous legacy of Scottish literature.
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Book details

List price: $33.95
Copyright year: 2009
Publisher: Oxford University Press, Incorporated
Publication date: 1/30/2009
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 848
Size: 5.25" wide x 7.75" long x 1.75" tall
Weight: 1.342
Language: English

Robert Crawford's seventh collection of poems, Testament, was published by Cape in 2014. His first book was on T. S. Eliot, and his other prose books include The Modern Poet (2001) and an award-winning biography of Robert Burns, The Bard (Cape, 2009). He is Bishop Wardlaw Professor of Poetry at the University of St Andrews, a Fellow of the British Academy, and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh.

List of Illustrations
The Illustrations in This Book
Acknowledgements
Web Resources and Further Reading
Introduction
Praise
Liberty
Reformation
The Staggering State
Ever Green
The Scottish Enlightenment
The Age of Burns
Volcano, Wizard, Bankrupt, Sky
Scotland and London
Renaissance
Hard-wearing Flowers
Globalization and Smirr of Rain
Notes
Index