1745–1831, English author, b. Scotland. He had an active political and legal life, serving as comptroller of taxes for Scotland from 1804 until his death. His first and most famous novel, The Man of Feeling
(1771), is a series of loosely joined episodes describing the adventures of a highly sentimental and good-natured man. His other novels are The Man of the World
(1773) and Julia de Roubigne
(1777). Of his four plays the only one to achieve any success was The Prince of Tunis
See his letters, ed. by H. Drescher (1967); biography by G. A. Barker (1975).
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