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The Provost

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The Provost is an ironic look at the career of a small town merchant and politician. Set in Irvine, Scotland, it follows the life of James Pawkie, the Provost of the title. Starting as a humble apprentice, he progresses to owning his own shop and eventually acquiring a large portion of Irvine. Simultaneously, he begins involvement in local politics with a seat on the town ...more
Hardcover, 156 pages
Published June 30th 2003 by Cork Hill Press (first published 1822)
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Apr 04, 2013 Kim rated it it was ok
The Provost is a novel written in 1822 by John Galt. He was a Scottish novelist and he has been called the first "political" writer. I don't know if that's true or not, I've seen it said that he was decades before the political novels of Trollope. That may be true, but I like Trollope much better. Galt had been a political lobbyist in London, loyybing in the House of Commons, and he was fascinated by the workings of politics and political power. The action takes place in a small Scottish town, s ...more
Aug 22, 2012 Janet rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book was very early (written in 1822) political satire. Reading it you realize that the more things change the more they remain the same. Political corruption has gone on forever and will likely never go away. It was amusing(but very sad)reading Mr. Pawkie's (the main character) constant bragging of all his good works for the town and realizing that most was for his own betterment. The story took place in Scotland and there was heavy use of old Scottish dialect. This made the story more aut ...more
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John Galt was a Scottish novelist, entrepreneur, and political and social commentator. He was the first novelist to deal with issues of the Industrial Revolution and he has been called the first political novelist in the English language.

In 1820 Galt began to write for Blackwoods Magazine which published Annals of the Parish and The Ayrshire Legatees in 1821, The Provost and Sir Andrew Wylie in 18
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