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Ronald Dyce Sadler Jack, PhD, D.Litt., FRSE (3 April 1941, Ayr – 14 December 2016, Edinburgh) was a scholar of Scottish and medieval literature and professor at the University of Edinburgh. He studied at Ayr Academy and then at Glasgow University (1959-1964) where he achieved First Class Honours in English Language and Literature. He completed his PhD at the University of Edinburgh (1964-1968) under Professor Jack MacQueen on the topic "The Scottish Sonnet and Renaissance Poetry". His academic work focused on medieval and renaissance Scottish literature, Scottish literature in translation, Italian influences in Scottish literature and culture, Robert Burns, J. M. Barrie, Alexander Montgomerie, and other subjects.

WORKS (selection)

  • Robert Maclellan's Jamie the Saxt (Calder and Boyars, 1972), edited, with Ian Campbell

  • The Italian Influence on Scottish Literature (Edinburgh University Press, 1972)

  • Scottish Prose 1550-1700 (Calder and Boyars, 1972)

  • A Choice of Scottish Verse 1560-1660 (Hodder and Stoughton, 1978)

  • The Art of Robert Burns (1982), edited, with Andrew Noble

  • Sir Thomas Urquhart, "The Jewel" (Scottish Academic Press, 1984), with R. J. Lyall

  • Alexander Montgomerie (Scottish Writers Series: Scottish Academic Press, 1985)

  • Scotland's Literary Debt to Italy (Edinburgh University Press/ Instituto Italiano di Cultura, 1986)

  • Leopardi: A Scottis Quair (Edinburgh University Press, 1987), with M. L. McLaughlin and Christopher Whyte

  • The History of Scottish Literature, Volume 1, Origins to 1660 (Aberdeen University Press, 1988), edited

  • Patterns of Divine Comedy in Medieval Drama (Boydell and Brewer,1989)

  • The Road to the Never Land: A Re-assessment of J.M. Barrie's Dramatic Art  (Aberdeen University Press, March 1991)

  • The Poetry of William Dunbar (Glasgow, 1996), as part of the Scotnotes series

  • J. M. Barrie: Myths and the Mythmaker (Rodopi, 2010)


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