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Book Title: A Short Introduction to Scottish Literature|
The author of the book: Sydney Goodsir Smith
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The size of the: 576 KB
Edition: Serif Books, Edinburgh
Date of issue: 1951
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Read full description of the books A Short Introduction to Scottish Literature:Based on four broadcast talks, this essay presents a Scottish poet's interpretation of the essential nature of the Scots tradition as being a popular rather than a literary one. It seeks to define the peculiar characteristics of the literature of Scotland from its beginnings to the present day; to define that part of the tradition which is particularly Scottish, that essence, or temper, or quiddity which, whenever it has been neglected or smothered, has resulted in a period of sterility.
Goodsir Smith draws his examples from three fairly distinct periods: firstly, the period up to the Union of the Crowns in 1603, secondly, the eighteenth century revival continuing into the early nineteenth century in the work of Walter Scott and his contemporaries; and thirdly, after a glance at the desert of the nineteenth century, the literary movement of the twentieth century.
Read information about the authorSydney Goodsir Smith was a Scottish poet, artist, dramatist and novelist. He wrote poetry in Scots and was a major figure of the Scottish Renaissance.
He studied medicine at Edinburgh, history at Oxford and art in Italy. His published work includes three volumes of poems, Skail Wind (1941), The Wanderer (1943) and The Deevil's Waltz (1946); a book of lyrics, Late into the Night (1947); a comic novel set in Edinburgh, Carotid Cornucopius (1947); and the long poem, Under the Eildon Tree (1948).
Smith was one of the outstanding poets of his generation. He gained a Rockefeller Atlantic Award in 1947, and in 1951 was one of the prize-winners in the Festival of Britain Scots Poetry Competition organised by the Arts Council.
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