10.12.2004

Scotland rediscovers talented women writers who were overlooked by history:

"The literary canon embraces Austen, the Brontes, Eliot and Woolf. All are touched by genius and deserving of inclusion in a highly selective list of geniuses that boasts Milton, Shakespeare, Pope and Byron. Oh, and Samuel Richardson, Thomas Love Peacock and Tobias Smollett. Men of talent perhaps, but decidedly not men of genius. Yet they still make it on to that coveted list. Why should any literary canon include Scots-born Smollett, but not Scots-born Ferrier? Why should Samuel Richardson's virtuous heroines make it to the final cut, but not Mary Brunton's?"

A very fine question, indeed.

-Lauren
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