Scotland's Books

A History of Scottish Literature


From Treasure Island to Trainspotting, Scotland's rich literary tradition has influenced writing across centuries and cultures far beyond its borders. Here, for the first time, is a single volume presenting the glories of fifteen centuries of Scottish literature. In Scotland's Books the much loved poet Robert Crawford tells the story of Scottish imaginative writing and its relationship to the country's history. Stretching from the medieval masterpieces of St. Columba's Iona - the earliest surviving Scottish work - to the energetic world of twenty-first-century writing by authors such as Ali Smith and James Kelman, this outstanding account traces the development of literature in Scotland and explores the cultural, linguistic and literary heritage of the nation. It includes extracts from the writing discussed to give a flavor of the original work, and its new research ranges from specially made translations of ancient poems to previously unpublished material from the Scottish Enlightenment and interviews with living writers. Informative and readable, this is the definitive single-volume guide to the marvelous legacy of Scottish literature.
  • Oxford University Press; January 2009
  • ISBN: 9780199727674
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  • Title: Scotland's Books
  • Author: Robert Crawford
  • Imprint: Oxford University Press

In The Press

"Scotland's Books is a highly stimulating and informative read. It's unfailingly lucid, vivid, and zestful in its conception and writing. I can't imagine a livelier general introduction to Scottish literature, nor a book more likely to attract general interest to this rather neglected field."-Ian Duncan, University of California, Berkeley
"I was immensely impressed by both the range of coverage and the crispness of judgment in Robert Crawford's Scotland's Books."-Jonathan Bate, author of The Genius of Shakespeare
"A massive and highly literary achievement." --Scotia

About The Author

Robert Crawford is Professor of Modern Scottish Literature at the University of St. Andrews, Scotland. He is the author of numerous books, including The Savage and the City in the Work of T. S. Eliot; The Modern Poet; and The Bard, a biography of Robert Burns.