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Graham Tulloch

Graham Tulloch

Graham Tulloch taught English at Flinders University for forty years and has written extensively on Scottish literature.

Graham Tulloch reviews ‘Robert Louis Stevenson: A biography’ by Claire Harman

September 2005, no. 274 01 September 2005
It would be difficult to write an uninteresting life of Robert Louis Stevenson (1850–94). There is the progression from the young Stevenson, so often sick and confined to bed, to the intrepid traveller full of life and vigour as he sailed the South Seas. There is the move from cold and chilly Edinburgh to the ‘warm south’ of France and to the even warmer south of the Pacific. There is the da ... (read more)

Graham Tulloch reviews ‘The Business of Books: Booksellers and the English book trade 1450–1850’ by James Raven

October 2008, no. 305 01 October 2008
Who was hanged, disembowelled and quartered after printing ‘nawghtye papystycall Bookes’? William Carter. Where did English booksellers store and sell their books? For several centuries, mostly from tiny shops near St Paul’s. How tiny is tiny? Zachary and William Stewart had ten feet from their shopfront to the back of the yard. Who was the builder and owner of the Temple of the Muses, the b ... (read more)

'The Bard’s the Bard for a’ that: Robert Burns in Australia' by Graham Tulloch

May 2009, no. 311 01 May 2009
This year sees the bicentenary of Darwin’s birth and the one hundred and fiftieth anniversary of the publication of his On the Origin of Species. It also sees the two hundred and fiftieth anniversary of the birth of Robert Burns (1759–96). The media have been full of the Darwin anniversaries, but we have heard rather less about Burns, at least in Australia. Yet Burns is arguably as important a ... (read more)

'Literary resurrectionism' by Graham Tulloch

December 2008–January 2009, no. 307 01 December 2008
Becoming a resurrectionist, a digger-up of dead bodies, was not a conscious career choice for me. Yet, along with two colleagues, I find myself accused of just that. We occupy this position because we have recently edited and published two previously unpublished works by Sir Walter Scott: The Siege of Malta and Bizarro (Edinburgh University Press, edited by J.H. Alexander, Judy King and Graham Tul ... (read more)

Graham Tulloch reviews 'The Enlightenment and the Book: Scottish authors and their publishers in eighteenth-century Britain, Ireland and America' by Richard B. Sher

October 2007, no. 295 01 October 2007
The Enlightenment gave birth to our modern world. Within this broad movement, spread over many countries, the contribution of Scotland was of pre-eminent importance. We all know the names of Adam Smith and David Hume, and we recognise their influence today, but how did their ideas get out into the wider world? Of course, there were books, Hume’s Treatise of Human Nature (1739–40) and Smith’s ... (read more)

Graham Tulloch reviews 'Later Manuscripts (The Cambridge Edition of the Works of Jane Austen)' edited by Janet Todd and Linda Bree

July-August 2009, no. 313 01 July 2009
The prospect of discovering another work by a favourite author is always a pleasing one, even if the reality, when it is actually encountered, is sometimes disappointing. With a writer like Jane Austen, with only six published novels, who would not wish for some further delights to be unveiled? When Austen died, her sister, Cassandra, was left with the unpublished manuscripts of a number of juveni ... (read more)

Graham Tulloch reviews 'Walter Scott at 250: Looking forward' edited by Caroline McCracken-Flesher and Matthew Wickman

September 2021, no. 435 19 August 2021
Walter Scott, born on 15 August 1771, turns 250 in 2021. This event has been celebrated in Scotland with events such as a ScottFest at ‘Abbotsford’, his home, and a major international conference. But Scott, almost certainly the most popular and widely known author in the world in the nineteenth century, fell disastrously in public and critical esteem, to the point that E.M. Forster, in his in ... (read more)

Graham Tulloch reviews 'The Mystery of Charles Dickens' by A.N. Wilson

October 2020, no. 425 24 September 2020
This is a remarkable book – not so much for its subject matter as for the intensity of the passionate involvement of one writer with another. From the beginning, it is clear that this is not a conventional biography or book of criticism. A.N. Wilson approaches Charles Dickens through seven different mysteries about his life. The principal one, which underlies the whole book, is the mystery of wh ... (read more)