The Oxford Book of Scottish Short Stories

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Encompassing magical fairy tales and modern innovative works, The Oxford Book of Scottish Short Stories surveys the rich literary heritage of Scotland, in a collection of forty-four superb tales, the most extensive such anthology in print.
Here readers will discover such wonderful tales as "The Wee Bannock," Sir Walter Scott's classic "The Two Drovers" (widely considered the first true short story ever written), Muriel Spark's "Bang-Bang You're Dead," and James Kelman's "Sunday Papers." Not only are the finest writers of the past well represented--including familiar faces such as Sir James Barrie and Robert Louis Stevenson--but there's also a host of superb modern writers here as well, such as Shena MacKay, Alan Spence, Margaret Elphinstone, Ronald Frame, and Janice Galloway, to name but a few.
With a highly informative and insightful introduction by Douglas Dunn, one of Scotland's leading literary figures, this anthology offers a revealing look at the best of Scottish writing.

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Douglas Dunn is Professor of English and Scottish Literature at the University of St. Andrews. One of Scotland's finest contemporary poets, his collection Elegies won the Whitbread Prize. He is also a noted writer of short stories.

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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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