First published in 1968, this study is an exciting and challenging introduction to the writings of Sir Walter Scott. The author discusses the more striking features of Scott’s style — his use of language and characterisation — and also evaluates the contemporary moral and political attitudes portrayed in the novels. The use of literary conventions of the time is examined with reference to Scott’s work and extracts exemplify in particular the use of the Heroic. While admitting Scott’s faults as a writer, the author presents a general view of him as one whose works deserve deeper study than was the prevailing opinion at the time. This book will be of interest to students of literature.
Walter Scott — His Life and Works; Scott’s reputation and career Scott’s significance today; Scheme of Extracts; Characterisation; 1 The Antiquary, ch. 15 2 St. Ronan’s Well, ch. 2 3 The Antiquary, ch. 6 4 Waverley, ch. 48 5 Guy Mannering, ch. 36 6 Guy Mannering, ch 36 7 Old Mortality, ch. 5; Scott’s Treatment of the Heroic; 8 Waverley, ch. 39 Waverley, ch. 410 Waverley, ch. 4011 Waverley, ch. 2112 Waverley, ch. 52 13 A Legend of Montrose, ch. 3 14 Redgauntlet, ch. 23 15 Rob Roy, ch. 34; Tensions in an Changing Society; 16 The Bride of Lammermoor, ch. 2 17 The Bride of Lammermoor, ch. 15 18 Guy Mannering, ch. 32 18 Guy Mannering, ch. 32 20 Guy Mannering, ch. 8 21 The Fair Maid of Perth, ch. 16; Political and Religious Issues; 22 Old Mortality, ch. 2 23 Old Mortality, ch. 3 24 Old Mortality, ch. 6 25 Old Mortality, ch. 12 26 Old Mortality, ch. 34 27 The Heart of Midlothian, ch. 10 28 The Heart of Midlothian, ch. 19; Scott and the Vernacular; 29 The Antiquary, ch. 20 30 Redgauntlet, ch. 11 31 Redgauntlet, ch. 11 32 Redgauntlet, ch. 11 33 Redgauntlet, ch. 11 34 Redgauntlet, ch. 11; Appendix: Biographical Note; Suggestions for Further Reading; Select Bibliography
This set of 42 volumes, originally published between 1965 and 2009, are authored by renowned international scholars in the field of nineteenth century literature. They explore a variety of authors such as Dickens, Hardy, Brontë, Austen, Gaskell, Zola, Meredith, Eliot, Gissing, Hawthorne, James and Wharton. The titles also examine a wide range of themes including gender, class, religion, politics, philosophy and music.