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Crowded with Genius: The Scottish Enlightenment: Edinburgh's Moment of the Mind

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In the early eighteenth century, Edinburgh was a filthy backwater town synonymous with poverty and disease. Yet by century's end, it had become the marvel of modern Europe, home to the finest minds of the day and their breathtaking innovations in architecture, politics, science, the arts, and economics—all of which continue to echo loudly today.

Adam Smith penned The Wealth of Nations. James Boswell produced The Life of Samuel Johnson. Alongside them, pioneers such as David Hume, Robert Burns, James Hutton, and Sir Walter Scott transformed the way we understand our perceptions and feelings, sickness and health, relations between the sexes, the natural world, and the purpose of existence.

In Crowded with Genius, James Buchan beautifully reconstructs the intimate geographic scale and boundless intellectual milieu of Enlightenment Edinburgh. With the scholarship of a historian and the elegance of a novelist, he tells the story of the triumph of this unlikely town and the men whose vision brought it into being.

About the Author

James Buchan is a novelist and critic. He is the author of The Persian Bride, a New York Times Notable Book, as well as Frozen Desire, an examination of money that received the Duff Cooper Prize. He has also won the Whitbread First Novel Award and the Guardian Fiction Prize. Buchan is a contributor to the New York Times Book Review and the New York Observer, and a former foreign correspondent for the Financial Times. He lives in Norfolk, England.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780060558895
Subtitle:
The Scottish Enlightenment: Edinburgh's Moment of the Mind
Author:
Buchan, James
Author:
by James Buchan
Publisher:
Harper Perennial
Subject:
Modern - 18th Century
Subject:
Europe - Great Britain - General
Subject:
Europe - Great Britain - Scotland
Subject:
Great britain
Edition Description:
Trade PB
Publication Date:
20041130
Binding:
Paperback
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
464
Dimensions:
8.05x5.33x1.10 in. .89 lbs.

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