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Simon BerryApplauding Thunder
Alexander Smith was apprenticed as a pattern-designer in the muslin trade. Catapulted from obscurity with the publication of A Life-Drama in 1853, his poetry became linked with a new generation of writers who circled below the apparently calm surface of mid-Victorian prosperity. Labelled the Spasmodic School, they were attacked by critics who objected to their unconventional style and lack of scholarship. Simon Berry’s book is an attempt to rescue from history the memory of a great Scottish poet.