‘Class’d with Tasso and Guarini’: Allan Ramsay’s The Gentle Shepherd 

Of Allan Ramsay’s many important works, The Gentle Shepherd (1725) remains his most revered. It was first performed in Edinburgh in 1729, going on to enjoy success across Scotland, England, North America and beyond over the next two centuries. New productions in the mid-to-late twentieth century brought the story back into Scotland’s cultural consciousness, with […]

Remembering RLS: Stevenson & Cultural Memory

Robert Louis Stevenson died on the veranda of his home, Vailima, Samoa, on 3 December 1894. On the centenary of his death the house became the Robert Louis Stevenson Museum. During his final years, Stevenson had become known in that part of the world as ‘Tusitala’ (Samoan: ‘Writer of Tales’), and the locals saw fit […]


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