Henry Mackenzie

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Mackenzie, Henry


Born Aug. 26, 1745, in Edinburgh; died there Jan. 14, 1831. Scottish writer.

The son of a physician, Mackenzie was educated at the University of Edinburgh. His novels The Man of Feeling (1771), The Man of the World (1773), and Julia de Roubigne (1777) show the influence of English sentimental poetry and of J.-J. Rousseau. A fine literary critic, Mackenzie also edited the journals The Mirror (1779-80) and The Lounger (1785-87).


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Scottish novelist, playwright, poet, and editor whose most important novel, The Man of Feeling, established him as a major literary figure in Scotland.