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JENNIFER ORR'S edition of the correspondence received by Ulster poet Samuel Thomson between 1791 and his death in 1816 is an important contribution to the ongoing revision of our understanding of Irish and Scottish literary and cultural history and of the Romantic period.
The edition includes 96 Letters organized by author, with the earliest letter from each of his 27 correspondents determining the 1791-1815 chronology, and a "Miscellany in Samuel Thomson's own hand" in which Orr transcribes notes and almost 50 poems by Thomson and others in the Samuel Thomson manuscripts at Trinity College, Dublin.
Samuel Thomson, a rural schoolmaster who lived in a humble cottage eighteen miles north of Belfast, was a well-educated "Rhyming Weaver" who wrote over two hundred poems in both Scots and, more and more, vernacular English-language verse.
Providing a window into the literary life of Ulster in the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries, this collection of the correspondence of radical Presbyterian Scots-vernacular poet Samuel Thomson allows students of romantic poetry and literature a glimpse at the emerging world of Northern arts during a controversial period in Irish history.
After a rigorous selection process the candidates selected were three electrical apprentices, Martin McManus, Richard Alderson, and Cliff Bowstead and two mechanical apprentices, Samuel Thomson and Robert Marley.