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Samuel Johnson, the Ossian fraud and the Celtic revival in Great Britain and Ireland /
Thomas M. Curley.
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New York : Cambridge University Press, 2009.
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x, 338 p.
ISBN
9780521407472 (hardback : alk. paper)
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New York : Cambridge University Press, 2009.
isbn
9780521407472 (hardback : alk. paper)
contents note
An introductory survey of scholarship on Ossian: why literary truth matters -- James MacPherson's violation of literary truth -- Johnson on truth, frauds, and folklore: in the company of Thomas Percy -- Searching for truth in the Highlands: MacPherson throws down the gauntlet -- Charles O'Conor and the Celtic revival in Ireland -- Johnson and the Irish: more opposition to Ossian -- Johnson's last word on Ossian with William Shaw: a finale to controversy.
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6858006
 
Includes bibliographical references and index.
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"Thomas Curley has written a consummately Johnsonian book—one that takes up a topic about which Johnson spoke vehemently, that defends Johnson’s position, and that makes a rousing case for the equation of that position with unequivocal truth." -Matthew Wickman, Modern Philology Book Reviews
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James Macpherson's famous hoax, publishing his own poems as the writings of the ancient Scots bard Ossian in the 1760s, remains fascinating to scholars as the most successful literary fraud in history. This study presents the fullest investigation of his deception to date, by looking at the controversy from the point of view of Samuel Johnson. Johnson's dispute with Macpherson was an argument with wide implications not only for literature, but for the emerging national identities of the British nations during the Celtic revival. Thomas M. Curley offers a wealth of genuinely new information, detailing as never before Johnson's involvement in the Ossian controversy, his insistence on truth-telling, and his interaction with others in the debate. The appendix reproduces a rare pamphlet against Ossian written with the assistance of Johnson himself. This book will be an important addition to knowledge about both the Ossian controversy and Samuel Johnson.
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James Macpherson's famous hoax, publishing his own poems as the writings of the ancient Scots bard Ossian in the 1760s, remains fascinating to scholars as the most successful literary fraud in history. This study presents the fullest investigation of his deception to date.
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This study presents the fullest investigation of the faked publication of the 'Ossian poems' to date. This book will be an important addition to knowledge about both the Ossian controversy and Samuel Johnson, with an appendix featuring a rare pamphlet against Ossian written with the assistance of Johnson himself.
Table of Contents
Prefatory acknowledgmentsp. viii
An introductory survey of scholarship on Ossian: why literary truth mattersp. 1
James Macpherson's violation of literary truthp. 22
Johnson on truth, frauds, and folklore: in the company of Thomas Percyp. 45
Searching for truth in the Highlands: Macpherson throws down the gauntletp. 82
Charles O'Conor and the Celtic Revival in Irelandp. 123
Johnson and the Irish: more opposition to Ossianp. 156
Johnson's last word on Ossian with William Shaw: a finale to controversyp. 191
Reply to Mr. Clark's Answerp. 231
Notesp. 252
Bibliographyp. 295
Indexp. 327
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