The History of Leith

January 25, 2008

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The history of anonymity in literature is one so dense, so populated, that not one but two Edinburgh librarians died on the job of compiling it. Samuel Halkett and Reverend John Laing’s Dictionary of the Anonymous and Pseudonymous Literature of Great Britain is their legacy, “one of the great, but neglected, monuments to 19th-century scholarship”. For those readers disinclined to get dust on their hands, the academic John Mullan has grappled with this tome. His Secret History is a far leaner, wittier study. for more click here

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