Re: Re: North Georgian Dublin
I can imagine the opprobrium if somebody made a stupid comment like this about Dublin literature. Among others, Walter Scott, Arthur Conan Doyle, Robert Louis Stevenson, Muriel Spark, and Irvine Welsh are from Edinburgh. Numerous novels are also set in Edinburgh, including Trainspotting and some novels by Scott. Edinburgh has the world’s largest book festival, which was going on for years before Dublin’s. The main train station in Edinburgh is named after a Walter Scott novel, and there’s a huge monument to Scott on Prince’s Street, much bigger than any monument to a writer in Dublin.
It’s not a wholly ignorant comment. Those writers you mention, whilst great, are not of the intellectual or artistic calibre of Joyce, Beckett, Shaw, Swift, Wilde etc…
In any case, as Melbourne and Iowa have also been recipients of this accolade, I wouldn’t put a great deal of stock in it. 😉