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The Enlightenment & the Book: Scottish Authors & Their Publishers in Eighteenth-Century Britain, Ireland, and America

Richard B. Sher


The late eighteenth century witnessed an explosion of intellectual activity in Scotland by such luminaries as David Hume, Adam Smith, Hugh Blair, William Robertson, Adam Ferguson, James Boswell, and Robert Burns. And the books written by these seminal thinkers made a significant mark during their time in almost every field of polite literature and higher learning throughout Britain, Europe, and the Americas. This book seeks to remedy the common misperception that such classics as The Wealth of Nations and The Life of Samuel Johnson were written by authors who eyed their publishers as minor fun ... More

Keywords: Scotland, David Hume, Adam Smith, Adam Ferguson, James Boswell, Robert Burns, polite literature, bookmaking, creativity, commerce

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Print publication date: 2007 Print ISBN-13: 9780226752525
Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: March 2013 DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226752549.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Richard B. Sher, author

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