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Two Dinners

Richard Cronin

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Published in print June 2010 | ISBN: 9780199582532
Published online September 2010 | e-ISBN: 9780191722929 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199582532.003.0002
Two Dinners

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The chapter explores the volatile relationship in the period between politics and literature by focusing on two Edinburgh dinners: the second triennial Burns dinner of 22 February 1819, in which, according to J. G. Lockhart, the celebration of Burns's genius was sacrificed to the expression of Whiggish prejudice, and the Pitt dinner of January 1821 in which, according to The Scotsman, Sir William Rae, the Tory Lord Advocate, disgraced his party by toasting Lockhart ‘in the full knowledge that Mr John Lockhart was not known to be connected with any useful or respectable work, but that, on the contrary, he had rendered himself notorious as conductor, or conductor‐in‐chief to Blackwood's Magazine’.

Keywords: Scott; Blackwood's; Burns; Lockhart; Edinburgh; Tory; Whig

Chapter.  10902 words. 

Subjects: Literary Studies (19th Century)

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