A-Z of Writers

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Adam Smith is considered the originator of modern economics, writing The Theory of Moral Sentiments in 1759 and An Inquiry into the Na... Read more


Allan Ramsay, born in 1686, began life as a wig-maker on the High Street of Edinburgh. Following some success as a poet and playwright – his ... Read more


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Charles Darwin was a student at Edinburgh University, studying what was then the best medical degree in the world. However, he found medicine too g... Read more


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David Hume, born in Edinburgh in the Lawnmarket in 1711, was a philosopher, essayist, economist and historian. His best known philosophical work, <... Read more


The doyenne of historical fiction, Dorothy Dunnett was celebrated worldwide for her series of novels including The Lymon... Read more


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Hugh MacDiarmid wrote in Gaelic, Lallans (literary Lowland Scots) and English, and is best known for his long poem, A Drunk Man Looks at the Th... Read more


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Iain Banks was an Edinburgh-based writer whose first novel, The Wasp Factory, began his literary career. Shortly after this, he wrote his ... Read more


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James Boswell was an Edinburgh lawyer, diarist, and author but it his friendship with and biography of Samuel Johnson for which he is best known.Read more


James Hogg is best known for the novel The Private Memoirs and Confessions of a Justified Sinner.

First published anonymously, ... Read more


Born and educated in Edinburgh, James Hutton was a geologist who meditated on the volcanic landscapes of Scotland for some 25 years before writing ... Read more


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