Reception of Ossian in Europe - European Critical Traditions S. - The Reception of British Authors in Europe (Hardback)Howard Gaskill (editor)
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Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
Number of pages: 544
Weight: 921 g
Dimensions: 234 x 156 x 44 mm
"Few writers can have enjoyed such a deep and appreciated reception across Europe as James Macpherson did; and among their number none perhaps would find themselves so dismissively treated by modern critical opinion. In this way, Howard Gaskill's volume plays a central role in the series of which Elinor Shaffer is the General Editor. Macpherson is an author who can best be understood through his reception. This is the first full study of it in English, and it builds on the revisionist work on Macpherson which Gaskill has been carrying out since the 1980s. It is wide-ranging, fascinating and does not disappoint.... The whole is an outstanding piece of work, incomparably the best study of Macpherson's European influence, and a triumph for editor and contributors alike. The profound importance of Macpherson's work to European culture is all too frequently sidelined the domestic grouping of him as a 'forger' like Thomas Chatterton or Lolo Morganwg. Ossian was a phenomenon on an altogether different scale, and this book is an indispensable guide to the ways in which this was so."
Murray G. H. Pittock, University of Manchester, Modern Languages Review, 2006--Sanford Lakoff
'This, it seems, clear, was a real labour of love by the editor...The designation 'comprehensive' should, I think, be given freely to The Reception of Ossian in Europe....invaluable.'
Graeme Morton, University of Guelph, International Review of Scottish Studies, vol 31, 2006 --Sanford Lakoff
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