Top 10 Scottish Works

Top 10 Scottish Works

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The Scottish independence referendum takes place on 18 September 2014, when millions of Scots will vote on whether they want their country to become independent or remain part of the United Kingdom. In recognition of this historic event, we're sharing this list of the top 10 most globally popular works from the Scottish presence in the published record. The Scottish presence includes all works published in Scotland, by Scottish authors, or about Scotland.


Treasure Island

by Robert Louis Stevenson

While going through the possessions of a deceased guest who owed them money, the mistress of the inn and her son find a treasure map that leads to a pirate fortune as well as a great danger.

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An Inquiry into the Nature and Causes of the Wealth of Nations

by Adam Smith

An Inquiry into the Nature and Causes of the Wealth of Nations, generally referred to by its shortened title The Wealth of Nations, is the magnum opus of the Scottish economist and moral philosopher Adam Smith. First published in 1776, the book offers one of the world's first collected descriptions of what builds nations' wealth and is today a fundamental work in classical economics. Through reflection over the economics at the beginning of the Industrial Revolution the book touches upon such broad topics as the division of labour, productivity and free markets. [Wikipedia]

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The Wind in the Willows

by Kenneth Grahame

The escapades of four animal friends who live along a river in the English countryside--Toad, Mole, Rat, and Badger

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Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde

by Robert Louis Stevenson

A kind and well-respected doctor can turn himself into a murderous madman by taking a secret drug he's created.

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by Robert Louis Stevenson

"How he was kidnapped and cast away; his sufferings in a desert isle; his journey in the wild Highlands; his acquaintance with Alan Breck Stewart and other notorious Highland Jacobites; with all that he suffered at the hands of his uncle, Ebenezer Balfour of Shaws, falsely so called"

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Adventures/Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes

by Arthur Conan Doyle

A Scandal in Bohemia -- The Red-headed League -- A Case of Identify -- The Boscombe Valley Mystery -- The Five Orange Pips -- The Man with the Twisted Lip -- The Adventure of the Blue Carbuncle -- The Adventure of the Speckled Band -- The Adventure of the Engineer's Thumb -- The Adventure of the Noble Bachelor -- The Adventure of the Beryl Coronet -- The Adventure of the Copper Beeches.

The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes

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The Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes

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Peter Pan

by J M Barrie

The adventures of the three Darling children in Never-Never Land with Peter Pan, the boy who would not grow up.

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by William Shakespeare

Driven by ambition and an unscrupulous wife, Macbeth murders the King of Scotland and claims the throne for himself. Haunted by ghosts and vexed by witches, he and his wife descend into the depths of madness and paranoia as they crumble beneath the weight of their crimes.

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The Life of Samuel Johnson

by James Boswell

The Life of Samuel Johnson, LL.D. (1791) is a biography of Dr. Samuel Johnson written by James Boswell. It is regarded as an important stage in the development of the modern genre of biography; many have claimed it as the greatest biography written in English. While Boswell's personal acquaintance with his subject only began in 1763, when Johnson was 54 years old, Boswell covered the entirety of Johnson's life by means of additional research. The biography takes many critical liberties with Johnson's life, as Boswell makes various changes to Johnson's quotations and even censors many comments. Regardless of these actions, modern biographers have found Boswell's biography as an important source of information on Johnson and his times. The work was popular among early audiences and with modern critics, but some of the modern critics believe that the work cannot be considered a proper biography. [Wikipedia]

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The Hound of the Baskervilles

by Arthur Conan Doyle

After the mysterious death of Lord Baskerville and attempts on the life of his heir, rumor suggests that an ancient curse in the form of a vicious supernatural hound is once again at work to destroy the Baskerville line. Sherlock Holmes is called upon to solve the mystery.

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A national presence in the published record is defined to include materials published in the country, published by the country's nationals, or published about the country. A work is a distinct intellectual or artistic creation by a person, group, or corporate body, which is identified by a name or title. Global popularity of works is measured by how widely held they are in library collections.

This list was generated from OCLC WorldCat bibliographic and holdings data, and was originally published in the 2013 OCLC Research report, Not Scotch But Rum: The Scope and Diffusion of the Scottish Presence. The report explains why Scottish authors are especially influential in global diffusion of Scottish presence in published record, which includes nearly two million distinct publications.

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