The Stickit Minister
Crockett’s first published collection of short stories/sketches (1893) was praised by Robert Louis Stevenson and assured him bestseller status. Different in style from modern short stories, it nevertheless has lots to offer readers interested in life in rural Scotland in the 19th century.
‘The whole book breathes admirably of the soil. ‘The Stickit Minister’ and ‘Heather Lintie’ are two that come near to me particularly. They are drowned in Scotland. They have refreshed me like a visit home.’ Robert Louis Stevenson.
This first collection of S.R.Crockett’s serialised fiction brought Crockett to the attention of a new reading public and the acclaim of fellow writers such as R.L.Stevenson to whom it was dedicated. Reminiscent yet not derivative of J.M.Barrie, ‘The Stickit Minister’ with its tales of life in rural Galloway, whetted the imagination and interest of readers. It also offered the first introduction to Cleg Kelly, the Edinburgh Gavroche, who later got a novel of his own as well as one of Crockett’s best and best loved characters, the redoubtable Saunders McQuhirr.
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