James Macpherson

Standard Name: Macpherson, James
Used Form: Ossian


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Education Elizabeth Smith
At three years old ES loved books and at four she could read extremely well.
Smith, Elizabeth. Fragments, in Prose and Verse. Editor Bowdler, Henrietta Maria, Richard Cruttwell.
The move to Suffolk brought the Smiths a governess who was only sixteen but whose abilities exceeded her...
Education Thomas Chatterton
As well as a basic school education, the young TC (who had been thought slow as a small child) taught himself an astonishing range of abstruse subjects, mostly historical, by reading in circulating libraries and...
Intertextuality and Influence Sarah Pearson
The poem picked out by the Critical Review as the principal one, occupying fourteen pages, is entitled Lines found on the Stairs of the Tour de la Chapelle of the Bastile. These lines, powerful...
Intertextuality and Influence Anna Maria Porter
The novel opens: One tempestuous night in the October of 1793, a carriage stopped at the door of a solitary old house on the borders of the Lake of Killarney.
Porter, Anna Maria. The Lake of Killarney. T. N. Longman and O. Rees.
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Felix Charlemont...
Intertextuality and Influence Regina Maria Roche
This novel claims relationship with Macpherson 's Ossian through quotations appearing on its title-page and heading its chapters. An element of terror derives from Matthew Gregory Lewis 's notorious The Monk, 1796.
Matthew, Henry Colin Gray et al., editors. Oxford Dictionary of National Biography. http://www.oxforddnb.com/.
It opens...
Intertextuality and Influence Anne Bannerman
The contents included odes, sonnets (including one sequence from Petrarch and another based on Goethe 's Werther, in which she speaks as the male lover of a woman, with notes relating her poems to...
Intertextuality and Influence Elizabeth Smith
That is, she took Ossian as a model for a lament for her own chosen ancient hero. The din of war is drowned by one more great and more terrific sound; / A sound high...
Intertextuality and Influence Anne Francis
AF writes in the style of mid-century poets Gray and especially Collins , whose names she specifically invokes and whose words she echoes, along with classics of the past like Petrarch . She records an...
Intertextuality and Influence Ann Hatton
This novel is well supplied with quotations: Macpherson 's Ossian on the title-page and Robert Blair (The Grave) to open the first volume, with Shakespeare and Milton for the succeeding volumes. It opens...
Intertextuality and Influence Henrietta Rouviere Mosse
The title-page quotes Dryden . The story opens in Scotland, twenty miles from Glasgow, with the humble clergyman Dr Woodville giving reluctant permission for his unsophisticated young daughter, Anna, to attend a charity ball...
Literary responses Anne Grant
Letters from the Mountains was not noticed in the Edinburgh Review, an omission which Grant attributed to gender prejudice.
Perkins, Pamela. “Anne Grant and the Professionalization of Privacy”. Authorship, Commerce and the Public: Scenes of Writing, 1750-1850, edited by Emma Clery et al., Palgrave Macmillan, pp. 29-43.
The Critical gave it a brutal review, which began by turning seriously against the...
Textual Features Elizabeth, Margravine of Anspach
The work has a frontispiece showing the castle of Dierenstein, built on a rocky crag. Dedicating it to the Austrian eagle, she thanks it for sheltering a dove [herself] flying from birds of prey...
Textual Features Charlotte Brooke
CB took various steps to guard against association with the project of James Macpherson , whose Ossian ic poems which purported to be ancient Scottish works were more fabricated than adapted. She includes in her...
Textual Features Charlotte Brooke
Her preface to the whole volume expresses regret, probably purely conventional, that her comparatively feeble hand cannot wield the pen of learning and antiquity.
Brooke, Charlotte. Reliques of Irish Poetry. George Bonham.
She professes to be [u]nacquainted with the rules of translation...
Textual Features Charlotte Dacre
Her titles provide a brief guide to romantic sensibility: the macabre (Death and the Lady, The Skeleton Priest, and The Dying Lover, written for a friend whose amiable young man
Dacre, Charlotte. Hours of Solitude. Printed by D. N. Shury, for Hughes and Ridgeway.


January 1762: James Macpherson published Fingal, an Ancient...

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January 1762

James Macpherson published Fingal, an Ancient Epic Poem, in Six Books., which purported to be the work of the ancient bard Ossian .

1764: Evan Evans published Some Specimens of the...

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Evan Evans published Some Specimens of the Poetry of the Ancient Welsh Bards.

15 August 1773: James Macpherson dated the preface to his...

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15 August 1773

James Macpherson dated the preface to his second and final edition of The Poems of Ossian, published this year, which brings together all his Ossian ic writing.


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