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    A Book of Nonsense

    By Edward Lear

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    “There was an Old Derry down Derry, Who loved to see little folks merry; So he made them a Book, And with laughter they shook At the fun of that Derry down Derry.” First published in 1846 under the pseudonym “Old Derry down Derry”, A Book of Nonsense is a collection adapted from the limericks and il…

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    Young Adam

    By Alexander Trocchi

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    Set on a canal linking Glasgow and Edinburgh, Young Adam is the masterly literary debut by one of the most important British post-war novelists. Trocchi’s narrator is an outsider, a drifter working for the skipper of a barge. Together they discover a young woman’s corpse floating in the canal, and t…

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    The Wallace

    By Sydney Goodsir Smith

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    The Wallace is a historical play dramatizing the life of one of Scotland’s greatest heroes, William Wallace, whose revolt against England in the early fourteenth century led to his capture and execution, but, also through the continuing and successful rebellion of his successor, Robert the Bruce, to…

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    The Supernatural Short Stories of Sir Walter Scott

    By Sir Walter Scott

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    One of the main forces in early nineteenth-century literature, Sir Walter Scott was not only among the greatest novelists of his time, but influenced generations of writers, including literary giants such as Stendhal and Tolstoy. Though chiefly remembered for his historical epics Ivanhoe, Rob Roy an…

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    The Fantastic Tales of Fitz-James O’Brien

    By Fitz-James O'Brien

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    In the field of supernatural and fantastic literature, certain names come readily to mind – E.T.A. Hoffmann, Edgar Allan Poe, H.P. Lovecraft – but the name of Fitz-James O’Brien has been unjustly overlooked and nearly forgotten since his premature death in 1862 during the American Civil War. ‘The Di…

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    Scottish Short Stories 1800–1900

    By Various Authors

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    This collection of Scottish short stories has been chosen to give as wide as possible a picture of Scottish fiction of the nineteenth century. Authors such as Walter Scott, James Hogg, John Galt, Margaret Oliphant and Robert Louis Stevenson are widely known as major figures outside Scotland, and thi…

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    Scottish Prose 1550–1700

    By Various authors

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    This anthology, which contains writings from well-known figures such as John Knox and James VI through to the many lesser-known authors who flourished towards the end of the seventeenth century, offers a remarkable cross-section of Scottish thought during the crucial years of the Reformation. Provid…

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    Collected Poems

    By Sydney Goodsir Smith

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    The premature death of Sydney Goodsir Smith at the age of fifty-nine, while this volume of his ‘Collected Poems’ was in production, deprived the world of one of the major personalities in twentieth-century British literature. The poems included in this volume, mostly written in Scots dialect – from…

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    Cain’s Book

    By Alexander Trocchi

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    Written in America while Trocchi was working on a scow on the Hudson River, Cain’s Book is an extraordinary autobiographical account about a junky’s life, and an honest, raunchy, eye-opening trip through hell. Probably the most famous novel about drug addiction and the hazards and excitements of an…

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