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Macleod of Dare by William Black
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In the words of The Cambridge History of English and American Literature, William Black made "full use of the properties, highland pride and feuds, pipers, legends, ballads and superstitions, the trusted and officious old retainer and dialect; to all this he imparts a personal quality by two rather novel practices. First, he develops the description, in a quasi-poetical style, of the sky and heather and sea of the Hebrides into a separate art, his skill in which won for him a standing among artists; twelve of the most famous illustrators of the day contributed to Macleod of Dare...A second device which Black elaborated ...was the clash of temperaments of widely differing racial types. The Gaelic Macleod of Dare, moody, passionate, foredoomed, should have shown vividly in contrast with the actress Gertrude White, city-born and bred." The Cambridge History may be right in classifying him as "Lesser Novelist," but he seems a lot better than that to us. We like this book, and we're sure that you will, too.

Author Biography

William Black (1841 - 1898) was a novelist born in Glasgow, Scotland. During his own lifetime Black's novels were immensely popular, and were compared favorably with those of Anthony Trollope. However, his fame and popularity did not survive long into the twentieth century.
Release date Australia
October 1st, 2006
Country of Publication
United States
Alan Rodgers Books
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