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The Antiquary: Illustrated By Walter Scott
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The Antiquary, Scott's personal favorite among his novels, is characteristically wry and urbane. A mysterious young man calling himself 'Lovel' travels idly but fatefully toward the Scottish seaside... More > town of Fairport. Here he is befriended by the antiquary Jonathan Oldbuck, who has taken refuge from his own personal disappointments in the obsessive study of miscellaneous history. Their slow unraveling of Lovel's true identity will unearth and redeem the secrets and lies which have devastated the guilt-haunted Earl of Glenallan, and will reinstate the tottering fortunes of Sir Arthur Wardour and his daughter Isabella.< Less
Rob Roy: Illustrated By Walter Scott
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An historical novel as gripping as Scott's Ivanhoe. It is a tale of adventure in the 18th century, set in the Scottish highlands, whose hero is the legendary maverick outlaw Rob Roy Macgregor. Soon... More > to be released by United Artists as a major motion picture starring Liam Neeson, John Hurt, Jessica Lange and Tim Roth.< Less
Tales of My Landlord By Walter Scott
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Tales of My Landlord is composed by the following books; The Black Dwarf [1816] Old Mortality [1816] Illustrated The Heart of Midlothian [1818] Illustrated The Bride of Lammermoor [1819] A Legend of... More > Montrose [1819] Count Robert of Paris [1832] Castle Dangerous [1832] Of these, The Heart of Midlothian and The Bride of Lammermoor have been the most successful, and Old Mortality is considered by modern critics to be among Scott's best work. The fourth were the least successful. They were so called, because they were supposed to be tales collected from the (fictional) landlord of the Wallace Inn at Gandercleugh, compiled by a "Peter Pattieson", and edited and sent to the publisher by Jedediah Cleishbotham. This is gone into in great depth in the introduction to The Black Dwarf. The first series was planned to comprise four volumes, each containing a separate novel, but Scott by his own admission botched The Black Dwarf, and Old Mortality came to be three volumes in its own right.< Less
Guy Mannering: Illustrated By Walter Scott
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On the auspicious night that Guy Mannering is shown to the house of the Bertrams of Ellengowan, the Bertrams' heir is born, and Mannering, a skeptical astrologer, predicts the child's future. Five... More > years later the prophecy is fulfilled, and the heir, Harry Bertram, becomes the center of a plot to rob the boy of his inheritance. Harry's subsequent struggles are set against a backdrop of chaos and upheaval in a socially fragmented Scotland where everyone, from landowners to gypsies, is searching for their rightful place.< Less
Ivanhoe By Walter Scott
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The epitome of the chivalric novel, Ivanhoe sweeps readers into Medieval England and the lives of a memorable cast of characters. Ivanhoe, a trusted ally of Richard-the-Lion-Hearted, returns from the... More > Crusades to reclaim the inheritance his father denied him. Rebecca, a vibrant, beautiful Jewish woman is defended by Ivanhoe against a charge of witchcraft -- but it is Lady Rowena who is Ivanhoe's true love. The wicked Prince John plots to usurp England's throne, but two of the most popular heroes in all of English literature, Richard-the-Lion-Hearted and the well-loved famous outlaw, Robin Hood, team up to defeat the Normans and reagain the castle. The success of this novel lies with Scott's skillful blend of historic reality, chivalric romance, and high adventure.< Less
The Pirate: Illustrated By Walter Scott
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The Pirate is set at the end of the seventeenth century, a few decades earlier than the real-life events, on which they are loosely based. The editors of the recent Edinburgh Edition of the novel,... More > Mark Weinstein and Alison Lumsden, convincingly argue that the plot unfurls between July and August 1689, against the back-drop of the Glorious Revolution. By moving events further into the past, Scott was able to portray tension between the native Norse stock of the Northern Isles and the incoming Scots lairds. He is thus able to portray the old order succumbing to the new both locally and nationally.< Less
Kenilworth By Walter Scott
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In this exciting novel, the legend of Amy Robsart and her secret marriage to the Earl of Leicester comes alive in a blend of historical fact and fanciful fiction.
Peveril of the Peak By Walter Scott
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Here is a plot without a drop of blood; and all the elements of a romance, without its conclusion', comments the King towards the end of Scott's longest, and arguably most intriguing, novel. Set... More > against the backdrop of the Popish Plot to overturn Charles II, "Peveril of the Peak" explores the on-going tensions between Cavalier and Puritan loyalties during the fraught years of Restoration England. Ranging from Derbyshire to the Isle of Man and culminating in London it is a novel which interweaves political intrigue, personal responsibilities and the ways in which the forces of history are played out in the struggles of individual human lives. But its true subject is perhaps the role of narration and the limits of storytelling itself.< Less
The Fortunes of Nigel By Walter Scott
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Set at the end of the reign of James VI and I, The Fortunes of Nigel is among Walter Scott's richest creations in its political insight, range of characterization, and linguistic virtuosity. Well... More > versed in the political literature of the period, Scott draws a detailed picture of London in the early seventeenth century while charting the effects of the Scottish influx into the English capital, the ambitions and fears of the newcomers, and the suspicion they aroused. The complex web of political intrigue and financial double-dealings are traced with a master's hand. Steeped in Jacobean drama, this tale shows Scott revelling in the linguistic riches of the age.< Less
Saint Ronan's Well By Walter Scott
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Set in 1812 and portraying the fashionable society of the spa-town of St. Ronan's, the plot revolves around the enmity of two half-brothers. With introductory essay and notes by Andrew Lang.