The Oxford book of Scottish short stories /

Additional authors: Dunn, Douglas.
Published by : Oxford University Press, (Oxford ; | New York :) Physical details: xxix, 476 p. ; 20 cm. ISBN:0192825216; 9780192825216. Year: 1996
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Enhanced descriptions from Syndetics:

From the ghostly and unlikely, to pungent social realism, and from the comfortable to the challenging, whether rural or urban, supernatural or true-to-life, in demotic Scots vernacular and elegant English prose, this anthology shows the vitality of the Scottish short story. The collection includes such wonderful traditional tales as `The Wee Bannock' and household names such as Sir Walter Scott, Robert Louis Stevenson, J. M. Barrie, as well as works by writers as varied as James Kelman, Violet Jacob, Neil Gunn, Eric Linklater, Lewis Grassic Gibbon, Muriel Spark,Alasdair Gray, Ronald Frame, and Janice Galloway.

Includes bibliographical references and index.

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Booklist Review

The modern short story is a child of the Romantic period in European literature, and because of Walter Scott, the era's most influential prose fiction writer, nowhere did it flourish more immediately than in Scotland. Oxford's new anthology of 44 Scottish stories begins with folktales, which, strictly speaking, are not short stories but whose orally influenced, vernacular style and common-person protagonists inspired the Romantics. The work includes a major Scott story ("The Two Drovers" ) and others by his principal contemporaries, James Hogg and John Galt, a couple of Stevenson tales, examples from the late-nineteenth-century Kailyard School of sentimental regional fiction and the reaction against it, and a panoply of twentieth-century short fiction. The fantastic matter of folktales occasionally returns, the Scotticism of the language varies from story to story (a small Scots glossary is appended), and the quality of the whole selection is very high. --Ray Olson

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