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international companions to scottish literature series editors: ian brown & thomas owen clancy INTERNATIONAL COMPANIONS offer essential insights into Scottish literary studies, covering key authors, periods and topics from the medieval to the contemporary. Written and edited by leading scholars, the INTERNATIONAL COMPANIONS series provides comprehensive, authoritative and accessible guides to all aspects of Scotland’s literature, past and present. Scottish Literature International Scottish Literature International is an imprint of the Association for Scottish Literary Studies international c ompanion to james macpherson and the p oems of ossian edited by dafydd mo ore S L I the international companion to JAMES MACPHERSON AND THE POEMS OF OSSIAN edited by dafydd moore international companion to james macpherson and the poems of ossian edited by dafydd moore James Macpherson’s ‘poems of Ossian’, first published from 1760 as Fragments of Ancient Poetry, were the literary sensation of the age. Attacked by Samuel Johnson and others as ‘forgeries’, nonetheless the poems enthralled readers around the world, attracting rapturous admiration from figures as diverse as Goethe, Diderot, Jefferson, Bonaparte and Mendelssohn. This INTERNATIONAL COMPANION examines the social, political and philosophical context of the poems, their disputed origins, their impact on world literature, and the various critical afterlives of Macpherson and of his literary works. Cover image: The woes of Ossian, 1825, by Kysfaludy Karoli (1788–1830). Budapest, Magyar Nemzeti Galeria (Fine Arts Museum) Photo: akg-images / De Agostini Picture Lib. / G. Dagli Orti. ...