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John Younger (1785–1860): Marked by Fire and Steel (Part 1)

John Younger (1785–1860): Marked by Fire and Steel (Part 1) John Younger (1785–1860) of St Boswells, a self-taught shoemaker, was a renowned free thinker and a passionate writer. Originally inspired by Burns, he produced two books of poetry, an angling manual, and a justification of Sabbath observance; his vividly-detailed autobiography was published posthumously. This essay is in two parts, the first covering Younger’s poetry and the second his prose. It traces an incisive mind moving beyond exquisite description of nature to confront major social and political issues of the day, including rural poverty, the Napoleonic Wars, slavery, the contentions of Tories and Whigs, Chartism, and the Corn Laws. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Burns Chronicle Edinburgh University Press

John Younger (1785–1860): Marked by Fire and Steel (Part 1)

Burns Chronicle , Volume 131 (2): 16 – Sep 1, 2022

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Edinburgh University Press
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1365-7518
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2634-7059
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10.3366/burns.2022.0058
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Abstract

John Younger (1785–1860) of St Boswells, a self-taught shoemaker, was a renowned free thinker and a passionate writer. Originally inspired by Burns, he produced two books of poetry, an angling manual, and a justification of Sabbath observance; his vividly-detailed autobiography was published posthumously. This essay is in two parts, the first covering Younger’s poetry and the second his prose. It traces an incisive mind moving beyond exquisite description of nature to confront major social and political issues of the day, including rural poverty, the Napoleonic Wars, slavery, the contentions of Tories and Whigs, Chartism, and the Corn Laws.

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Burns ChronicleEdinburgh University Press

Published: Sep 1, 2022

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