BESIDE THE BONNIE BRIER BUSH. by Maclaren, Ian (pseudonym of…

BESIDE THE BONNIE BRIER BUSH. by Maclaren, Ian (pseudonym of John Watson 1850 - 1907) < >


Edition: First American edition.

New York: Dodd, Mead, 1895. Hardcover first edition - The first, and most popular, book by this Scottish author and minister, published under the pen name of Maclaren. A collection of stories of Scottish rural life, which combined humor with pathos and a liberal use of Scots dialogue. The title of this book alludes to the Jacobite song ("There grows a bonnie brier bush in our Kailyard") and the term "Kailyard School" (kailyard is a small kale, or cabbage, kitchen garden attached to a cottage) was applied to a group of Scots writers in the late 19th and early 20th centuries who were considered to be overly sentimental by their critics - or perhaps just too widely popular. 317 pp.

Condition: Very good light green cloth with a dark green border and decoration on front cover, gilt lettering on front and spine (gift card from Christmas 1896 affixed to front pastedown, previous owner's name)

Book ID: 84053
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