Dundee’s Literary Lives – Vol 1: Fifteenth to Nineteenth Century (2003)
The oldest known Scottish poem, the Goddodin, was written near Dundee in the sixth century and during the Reformation and Renaissance some of the most influential writers in Europe including the Wedderburn brothers and Hector Boece were Dundonians. In 1660 the first full-length work of fiction written in Scotland was penned in the city whose guest-list includes Samuel Johnson, Oscar Wilde, Walter Scott, Robert Burns and Charles Dickens.
Andrew Murray Scott explores the Victorian age over three chapters and considers dozens of working class ‘Poets of Protest’ and the hundreds of self-styled ‘Bards’ (including William McGonagall) as well as the newspapers and magazines which made Dundee such an important cultural centre. Many important and neglected writers are considered; Robert Nicoll, James Gow, Robert Mudie, Robert Leighton, Frances Wright, George Gilfillan, James Young Geddes, David Pae and W.D. Latto.
ISBN 978 0 900019 38 7
104 pages, 16 monochrome illustrations