A National Tale

By Christian Isobel Johnstone

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The Association for Scottish Literary Studies

The Association for Scottish Literary Studies is an educational charity that aims to promote the study, teaching and writing of Scottish literature, and to further the study of the languages of Scotland. To these ends, ASLS publishes works of Scottish literature which have either been neglected or which merit a fresh presentation to a modern audience, and critical anthologies of both creative and non-fiction writing.

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Christian Isobel Johnstone, dubbed 'the brave-hearted lady' by Thomas Carlyle, wrote one of the most extraordinary tales of the romantic era: Clan-Albin. It tells the story of the childhood and adolescence of its orphan hero, Norman MacAlbin, who leaves the poverty of the Highlands, volunteers for the army, journeys through Ireland and fights against Napoleon in Spain; but throughout the novel it is the voices of strong female characters - Lady Augusta, Monimia, Flora and others - that we hear most clearly. Johnstone laments the loss of the Highland culture she so lovingly describes, and pours scorn on the emergent southern mercantile classes. Although Clan-Albin was written in the year of Waterloo, Johnstone's spokeswomen know that war is a terrible tragedy and condemn its glorification.

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Format Multiple Formats
Imprint The Association for Scottish Literary Studies
Publication Date 9 Jun 2003
SKU 9780948877520-grouped
Number of Pages 600

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