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Age Of Empires 2 HD The Forgotten

Anne Grant's first book of poetry, The Highlanders and Other Poems, has long been forgotten by literary history. Published in 1803, the year after the appearance of the initial volumes of Walter Scott's popular Minstrelsy of the Scottish Border, Grant's book of original verse and loose Gaelic translations made a fine Highland complement to Scott's primarily Lowland ballads. Given the small literary world of Romantic Scotland, these authors soon became personally acquainted. For her part, Grant's many references to "the Wizard of the North" are consistently complimentary: both he and his books are regularly declared "charming," "wonderful," "animated," and "delightful," and her visit to Abbotsford proved one of the highlights of her otherwise uneventful adult life (Memoir 1: 67, 82, 199; 2: 168, 210, 275; 3: 2, 238, 288). Publicly, Scott returned her compliments; the famous "Postscript that should have been a Preface" of Waverley acknowledges the influence of Grant's recent Essays on the Superstitions of the Highlanders (1811) and praises its author as "respectable" and "ingenious" (494). Privately, however, Scott was less congenial. Working to secure Grant a small pension in 1825, for example, he noted in his journal that she is "proud as a Highland woman, vain as a poetess, and absurd as a Bluestocking" (27). His appraisal of her literary talents was equally ambivalent: in an 1811 letter, Scott first applauds Grant's Essays as "lively spirited & enthusiastic," then acidly observes that "her imagination however sometimes runs off with her from the region of humble fact into that of sentimental romance" (3:3). If this judgment sounds suspiciously like later critics' assessments of Scott's own output, such echoes should perhaps not be disregarded; rather, as I will suggest, they may indicate the extent to which Scott, whether he acknowledged it or not, was following in Grant's footsteps when he wrote his own highly popular (and lucrative) Scottish romances.

Age of Empires 2 HD The Forgotten

Recently, there has been a good deal of renewed interest concerning the impact of eighteenth- and nineteenth-century Scottish authors on both the canonical construction of British literature and the formation of British nationalism in general. (1) Much of this scholarly work, moreover, has placed Scott squarely at the center of such cultural transformations. (2) While the shadow cast by Scott on Romantic and Victorian Britain was undoubtedly long, however, Scott was in no way working alone. (3) In this essay, I wish first and foremost to recover the significance of Grant's now-forgotten epic poem, "The Highlanders," in order to unearth some of the ways it participates in the nation-building projects which abounded in Romantic-era British literature. I then briefly unpack some of the structural and thematic parallels between Grant's poem and Scott's first full-length original metrical romance, The Lay of the Last Minstrel (1805), highlighting in both texts the role of sympathetic discourse that (as I have argued at greater length elsewhere) is central to the formation of a shared sense of Britishness in the long eighteenth century. Finally, I indicate several additional avenues of inquiry to which I think... 041b061a72


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