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Kailyard School


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From ‘kail‐yard’ (cabbage patch), a term applied to a group of Scottish writers who exploited a sentimental and romantic image of small town life in Scotland, with much use of the vernacular; the vogue lasted from about 1888 to 1896. Leading writers in this vein were J. M. Barrie, ‘Ian Maclaren’ (John Watson, 1850–1907), and S. R. Crockett (1860–1914). These false notions of Scottish life were shattered by G. Douglas in The House with the Green Shutters (1901).

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