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Posted By: GUEST,Grishka
30-Jan-20 - 04:28 AM
Thread Name: the literary controversy over Ossian
Subject: RE: the literary controversy over Ossian
Buachaill, my observation was about "the literary controversy over Ossian" quite generally, and specifically from hindsight in 19th century Europe. Those whose professional reputation was seriously damaged were the medievalists (mostly non-Scottish), all too credulous and "intoxicated" because they wanted the "epos" to be authentic.

The poets, including Chatterton, must be judged by different criteria. Forgery and other forms of deception can well be acts of art.