Title: Paradox of Scottish Culture : The Eighteenth Century Experience. The Whidden Lectures for 1964. First Edition in dustjacket.
Publisher:  Oxford University Press, London, 1964,
Seller ID: 105139
DAICHES, David. The Paradox of Scottish Culture : The Eighteenth Century Experience. The Whidden Lectures for 1964. [Foreword by E.T. Salmon]. London:Oxford University Press, 1964. First UK Printing. Pp. (4),v-vii,(1),1-97,( 7). 8vo, green cloth with silver lettering to spine. "Professor Daiches deals first with the effects of the Anglo-Scottish Union of Parliaments in 1707. Did this make Scotland a cultural backwater? The effects of the Union were oddly ambiguous. Scotland kept iots Church and its legal system: the former, as even its secessions showed in the period 1733-1843, had a vigorous life, and the latter produced distinguished lawyers who were also men of culture of a peculiarly Scottish character. In literature and the arts there was indeed English and cosmopolitan influence, and the New Town of Edinburgh, like Edinburgh intellectual society at the time, typefied the search of the 'philosophers' for a 'heavenly city'. Interest in Scotland's past was shown by a variety of antiquarian activities and by the curiosity about the supposed primitive poetry of Scotland represented by Macpherson's 'Ossian';yet the excitement about 'Ossian' co-existed with the flourishing of a gen uine Scottish Gaelic poetry in which the intellectuals of the time showed little interest, and the antiquarian activities of folklorists often produced attitudes sharply at variance with the notions of taste and propriety developed by the leaders of Scottish thought. Burns lived in two worlds, and suffered from their lack of relation. On this fascinating scene, which is the background of Boswell's upbringing, and of Burns and Hume, Professor Daiches writes with outstanding perceptiveness and discrimination." - from the dustjacket. Very good in short-closed-torn, unclipped dustjacket. 25.00