The Library World and Book Selector Volume N . 9

The Library World and Book Selector Volume N . 9

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1907 edition. Excerpt: ...of literary twaddle. As a matter of fact, the vernacular tale of Scottish life can be traced back to poetical and dramatic forms long before the prose novel became a recognised form of literary art, and in this respect it resembles the history of the novel in the literature of most nations. The metrical tales of Dunbar, Lyndsay, Douglas, Henryson and others down to the days of Allan Ramsay and Burns were all forerunners of the prose story of later times, and it is futile to prate of 1887 as an epoch-making period in the history of Scottish fiction, unless as producing a great author who wrote in an old-established form. The earliest prose romances written by Scotsmen were not national in any respect, either in theme or language, but weak imitations of the stilted tales which were current in England and France. One may, however, except Sir Thomas Urquhart's translation of Rabelais (1653), which owes much of its raciness and vigorous language to the nationality of the translator. All the other didactic novelists of Scottish origin, like Jane Marshall, John Moore, Henry Mackenzie and others who affected story-telling in the 18th century, are of little importance for the purpose of this sketch, because there is absolutely no peat-reek to be detected in their flavour. A much greater name than any of these is Smollett, who may be claimed as the father of the Scottish novel, and to some extent the pioneer in the descriptive topography of districts of Scotland afterwards made more famous by Walter Scott. Smollett's "Expedition of Humphry Clinker " (1771) in its Scottish chapters is essentially a national novel, and in them will be found descriptions of scenery and lite in the very best kailyard vein. Following Smollett at some distance in point...show more

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  • Paperback | 222 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 12mm | 404g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 123653980X
  • 9781236539809