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Ossian's Fingal, 1792

Ossian's Fingal, 1792

by James MacPherson, Ossian
     
 
James Macpherson's Works of Ossian, claiming to be a translation from a Celtic original, appeared in 1762. It was denounced as a forgery almost at once, though many continued to believe in its authenticity. Its influence was profound, fostering the notion of an ancient Celtic culture antedating and contrasting with the dominant Saxon and European traditions. For the

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James Macpherson's Works of Ossian, claiming to be a translation from a Celtic original, appeared in 1762. It was denounced as a forgery almost at once, though many continued to believe in its authenticity. Its influence was profound, fostering the notion of an ancient Celtic culture antedating and contrasting with the dominant Saxon and European traditions. For the Romantics, with their cult of spontaneity, the idea of a primitive, bardic utterance had particular relevance. We are reproducing Fingal on its own from an edition of Macpherson's Ossian of the Romantic period, together with Hugh Blair's Critical Dissertation on the Poems of Ossian, first published in 1765 and commonly published with Ossian. Blair encouraged Macpherson, and as professor of Rhetoric and Belles-Lettres at Edinburgh University put his weight behind the work's authenticity.

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James McPherson's "Works of Ossian" appeared in 1792, claiming to be a translation from a Celtic original. Although it was immediately denounced as a forgery, its influence was profound. For the Romantics, the idea of a primitive, bardic utterance had particular relevance. This edition is a facsimile of "Fingal", taken from an edition of the Romantic period, together with Hugh Blair's "Critical Dissertation on the Poems of Ossian", first published in 1765. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781854772084
Publisher:
Woodstock Books
Publication date:
03/28/2003
Series:
Revolution and Romanticism, 1789-1834 Series
Edition description:
FAC
Pages:
224
Product dimensions:
5.12(w) x 7.87(h) x (d)

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