Keith M. Costain (essay date 1980)
SOURCE: Costain, Keith M. “The Spirit of the Age and the Scottish Fiction of John Galt.” Wordsworth Circle 11, no. 2 (spring 1980): 98-106.
[In the following essay, Costain describes Galt's positive representation of industrial progress in his prose fiction.]
Unlike most novelists in the early nineteenth century, John Galt was concerned with contemporary social problems. As an essayist, a novelist, and a Scot, he was fully aware of the implications of the industrialism that had transformed at least the lowlands of Scotland from “an utterly impoverished country to a prosperous land.”1 In an interconnected series of novels that he wrote in the 1820s...
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