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Scotland's Pariah

The Life and Work of John Pinkerton, 1758-1826

by (author) Patrick O'Flaherty

University of Toronto Press
Initial publish date
Jan 2015
Literary, General, English, Irish, Scottish, Welsh, Great Britain, 18th Century
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    Jan 2015
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    Dec 2014
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Scotland’s Pariah is the first book to examine the remarkable life of John Pinkerton: antiquarian, poet, forger, cartographer, historian, serial adulterer, bigamist, and religious skeptic. A pugnacious and persistent man of letters who knew and was admired by literary masters such as Edward Gibbon, Horace Walpole, and William Godwin, Pinkerton’s life was full of personal and professional misadventures.

Patrick O’Flaherty’s biography presents an engrossing account of Pinkerton’s life and works from his early years in Scotland to his Parisian exile, covering his major editorial, antiquarian, and geographic works. Examining Pinkerton’s involvement in the London literary scene, his conflicted relationship with the rise of Celtic nationalism, and his response to early literary romanticism, Scotland’s Pariah is a shrewd and compassionate evaluation of an astonishing literary life.

About the author

Patrick O'Flaherty, who lives in St. John's, Newfoundland, has written four works of fiction, the most recent of which is the novel Benny's Island. His latest books is Old Newfoundland: A History to 1843 (1999).

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