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The New Penguin Book of Scottish Short Stories

by Ian Murray (Editor)

Other authors: George Mackay Brown (Contributor), John Buchan (Contributor), RB Cunninghame-Graham (Contributor), Elspeth Davie (Contributor), Ian Hamilton Finlay (Contributor)15 more, Edward Gaitens (Contributor), John Galt (Contributor), Lewis Grassic Gibbon (Contributor), Neil M. Gunn (Contributor), JF Hendry (Contributor), James Hogg (Contributor), Eric Linklater (Contributor), Robert MacLellan (Contributor), Naomi Mitchison (Contributor), Margaret Oliphant (Contributor), Sir Walter Scott (Contributor), Iain Crichton Smith (Contributor), Muriel Spark (Contributor), Robert Louis Stevenson (Contributor), Fred Urquhart (Contributor)

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In the art of the short story, Scotland's writers have led the way. The earliest in this anthology, those of Sir Walter Scott and James Hogg, are rich in folklore, proverb, superstition, and sinister humor. Throughout this collection, a preoccupation with the supernatural emerges, from the spiritual torment of John Buchan's "The Outgoing of the Tide" to the chilling premonition of Muriel Spark's "The House of the Famous Poet". While stories such as "Alicky's Watch" depict the influence of the Calvinist religion, darker subjects are frequently offset by the comedy found in tales like "A Wee Nip". Among the other contributors to this spirited collection are Robert Louis Stevenson, Naomi Mitchison, and George Mackay Brown.… (more)
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too many ghost stories.
too many stories in dialect.
not enough women.
nice to read some not well-known authors. ( )
  mahallett | Apr 25, 2009 |
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Murray, IanEditorprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Brown, George MackayContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Buchan, JohnContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Cunninghame-Graham, RBContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Davie, ElspethContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Finlay, Ian HamiltonContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Gaitens, EdwardContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Galt, JohnContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Gibbon, Lewis GrassicContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Gunn, Neil M.Contributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Hendry, JFContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Hogg, JamesContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Linklater, EricContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
MacLellan, RobertContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Mitchison, NaomiContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Oliphant, MargaretContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Scott, Sir WalterContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Smith, Iain CrichtonContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Spark, MurielContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Stevenson, Robert LouisContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Urquhart, FredContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
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In the art of the short story, Scotland's writers have led the way. The earliest in this anthology, those of Sir Walter Scott and James Hogg, are rich in folklore, proverb, superstition, and sinister humor. Throughout this collection, a preoccupation with the supernatural emerges, from the spiritual torment of John Buchan's "The Outgoing of the Tide" to the chilling premonition of Muriel Spark's "The House of the Famous Poet". While stories such as "Alicky's Watch" depict the influence of the Calvinist religion, darker subjects are frequently offset by the comedy found in tales like "A Wee Nip". Among the other contributors to this spirited collection are Robert Louis Stevenson, Naomi Mitchison, and George Mackay Brown.

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