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by Walter Scott,Claire Lamont

  • ISBN: 0192817221
  • Category: History and Criticism
  • Subcategory: Literature
  • Author: Walter Scott,Claire Lamont
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press (April 3, 1986)
  • Pages: 496
  • ePub book: 1189 kb
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  • Rating: 4.5
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The first historical novel and an international bestseller Sir Walter Scott was one of the bestselling novelists of the nineteenth century .

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Waverley, the first of Scott's great novels, is also his best. The history of Scotland's tumultuous past comes alive through his memorable characters.

Book 1 of 19 in the Waverley Novels Series. Waverley, the first of Scott's great novels, is also his best. Scott defines loyalty, courage, and friendship. Throughout the nineteenth century this was one of the most influential novels just as Scott was the most influential writers as a novelist and poet. Have we now lost the ability to read great novels or the desire to read great ideas? Of course not.

Waverley; or, 'Tis Sixty Years Since /ˈweɪvərliː/ is a historical novel by Sir Walter Scott (1771–1832)

Waverley; or, 'Tis Sixty Years Since /ˈweɪvərliː/ is a historical novel by Sir Walter Scott (1771–1832). Published anonymously in 1814 as Scott's first venture into prose fiction, it is often regarded as one of the first historical novels in the Western tradition. Edward Waverley, an English gentleman of honour, chooses an occupation in the army at the time just before the Jacobite uprising of 1745 on advice of his father. He has an officer's commission.

Waverley - Oxford World's Classics (Paperback). With Waverley, Scott invented the historical novel in its modern form and profoundly influenced the development of the European and American novel for a century at least

Waverley - Oxford World's Classics (Paperback). With Waverley, Scott invented the historical novel in its modern form and profoundly influenced the development of the European and American novel for a century at least. Waverley asks the reader to consider how history is shaped, who owns it, and what it means to live in it - questions as vital at the beginning of the twenty-first century as the nineteenth.

With 11 full page colour illustrations. This book was originally published prior to 1923, and represents a reproduction of an important historical work, maintaining the same format as the original work. The story of one of the remaining Saxon noble families at a time when the nobility in England was overwhelmingly Norman. While some publishers have opted to apply OCR (optical character recognition) technology to the process, we believe this leads to sub-optimal results (frequent typographical errors, strange characters and confusing formatting) and does not adequately preserve the historical character of the original artifact.

Oxford World's Classics. Wide-ranging introduction, drawing on the latest scholarship, examines Waverley's claim to be the first modern historical novel and a decisive event in the development of the modern European novel. It explores the novel's appearance in 1814 and the re-affirmation of British unity following the Jacobite defeat

Oxford World's Classics, Paperback, 528 pages. Waverley or Tis Sixty Years Since: The Works of Sir Walter Scott (Paperback).

Oxford World's Classics, Paperback, 528 pages. Author(s): Walter Scott, Kathryn Sutherland. ISBN: 0198716591 (ISBN13: 9780198716594). ISBN: 0192836013 (ISBN13: 9780192836014). Published March 5th 2004 by Kessinger Publishing. Paperback, 656 pages.

Each affordable volume reflects Oxford's commitment to scholarship, providing the most accurate text plus a wealth of other valuable features, including expert introductions by leading authorities, helpful notes to clarify the text, up-to-date bibliographies for further study, and much more.

Set during the Jacobite rising in Scotland in 1745, this novel springs from Scott's childhood recollections and his desire to preserve in writing the features of life in the Highlands and Lowlands of Scotland. Waverley was first published anonymously in 1814 and was Scott's first novel.

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This thrilling historical fiction by Sir Walter Scott rivals any modern story of
which I am aware and lends itself readily to film production in current times. The setting is
transformative in UK history; After a tumultuous episode in Scotland ending
with a narrow escape from captivity, Queen Mary opts for captivity in England by
her cousin Elizabeth I, believing this to be less fatal. Queen Elizabeth I commands
her court with strength (attributed to her royal ancestry), assurance, wisdom and
wit. This UK setting is historically critical with religion being its dominant basis. With the
Church of England already established by Henry VIII (Queen Elizabeth's father), UK
countries remain unsettled in the aftermath.
Elizabeth's court favourite is the Earl of Leicester who attempts to keep his marriage to an
Amy Robsart (daughter of the noble old Knight in Devonshire) a secret from the Queen and
from her court (as well as from everyone else with the exception of an essential handful of loyal
dedicated followers). Meanwhile the Earl 'eyes' a shared throne as his accessible prize. In his
delusional state, he is courting the Queen herself with his wife, Amy kept hidden away (in Abingdon).
While not discouraging a close relationship with the Earl whom she has known as a close friend for many
years, the virgin Queen makes clear her chaste stance. She is the leader and protector
of all of England and can neither dilute nor subordinate this role by choosing a husband. However, it is
also clear that, were she to take this nuptial step, she would do so with him.
While the Earl is adjusting to this new rejection, his desperate scheme to hide his marriage to Amy also
rapidly unravels at his Kenilworth Castle during the Queen's festive visit. A few loyal protectors (led by
the diabolical Richard Varney) determine that the only solution for the survival and promotion of the Earl
and of themselves is to quickly kill Amy which they do. But this was not before Amy had escaped her
captivity in Abingdon and showed up at Kenilworth Castle (the Earl's true home) where she meant to confront her
husband seeking also his protection from a plot to poison her in Abingdon. Instead she ends up first confronting
the Queen herself. At Kenilworth, the Earl of Leicester's conscience and his love for Amy eventually get the better
of him and, following many lies told mostly by Varney, he finally and directly confesses all to the Queen, having
misled her and everyone else beforehand to believe that it was Richard Varney who had married Amy and not the Earl.
This is an emotionally seismic event for the Queen but her strength of character prevails and she sustains a courtly
composure befitting the daughter of Henry VIII. In the end Amy is killed by an 'arranged' accident in Abingdon to which
she was involuntarily escorted by Varney at the behest of the Earl of Leicester.
Because he was immediately caught in the act by a noble sent by the Queen to rescue Amy (Tressilian), Richard Varney,
having masterminded this fateful event, poisoned himself. His fellow villains also perished soon thereafter.
The Earl shows himself to be basically a power hungry womanizer. Nonetheless he tried to prevent Amy's wrongful death
at the last minute. Years later, in an attempt to poison his second wife, he accidentally partakes himself of the fateful libation.
It is a fitting ending for this Earl in a story where the influential roles of physician, 'chyrurgeon', 'quacksalver', sorcerer and
conjuror can be confused; much to the guarded concerns and warnings of the church. Potions abound in an era where the
Queen's food must routinely be tested by a designated pretaster.
Womanizing that goes right to the throne, tragic chivalry, the ruthless unscruppled quest for power, the struggling
factions of the sixteenth century Christian church and the omnipresent interfering role of the conjuror
make this a thrilling, engaging and intensely human tale made even more convincing and spellbinding
by the venerable skill of Sir Walter himself. I could not justify removing even a fractional star.
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Waverly is the granddaddy of all historical romance novels. It was published anonymously in 1814 in Edinburgh. Its author was Sir Walter Scott (1771-1832) the famous poet. Among his many lyrics were "The Lady in The Lake" and
"Marmion." By 1814 his poetic star was fading while that of his rival Lord Byron was ascending into the heavenly realms of literary glory. Scott decided to take up novel writing producing over twenty famous novels.
Waverly is the first in the Waverly novels series. It is notable for many reasons:
1. Scott's book is considered to be the first major English historical novel. Scott sets his book during the time of Bonnie Prince Charlie's quest to seize the throne of Great Britain for the Stuart dynasty. His opponent was the Hanover ruler George II (1714-27).
2. Scott wrote of war, adventure and love in a way to attract male readers. He shows us that novels are not to become the sole baliwick of feminine authors such as Jane Austen, Jane Porter, Marie Edgeworth, Fanny Burney and others of that scribbling sisterhood of authors.
3. Scott helped introduce the highlands and lowlands of Scotland to readers in England. Scotland became part of Great Britain following the union of 1707 but many English people were unfamiliar with their fellow citizens living north of the River Tweed.
4, Scott influenced the works of such later literary giants as Charles Dickens, Honore de Balzac and James Fenimore Cooper.
And yet....! Scott has grievious faults as a novelist! Consider:
1. His books are very hard to read in the twenty-first century due to their use of abstruse Scottish dialect, the mixing of Latin and Greek quotations and the author's wide use of classical references unfamiliar to a modern audience.
2. Scott's plots are hard to follow and overcomplicated. He is not good at drawing multidimensiional human beings. All of the characters in Waverly are cardboard figures.
3, Scott often interrupts the story to make authorial comments and engages in long digressions on Scottish history and customs. These comments may enlighten but they may also bore!
4. Scott's two major love interests in Waverly are Flora MacIvor and the lowland maide Rose. Both of these women are portrayed as if they were placed on a pedestal. They are not well drawn human beings.
With all of his faults I still give Scott a five star recommendation because of the importance of Waverly in the long procession of the great novels of English Literature. He deserves reading and the man could introduce to a way of life that is foreign and exotic.