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by Walter Scott

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The latest addition to a series hailded by theTimes Literary Supplement as "a monument to scholarly industry," this book tells the engrossing tale of Darsie Latimer, who sets out in 1765 to discover the mystery of his parentage.


The latest addition to a series hailded by theTimes Literary Supplement as "a monument to scholarly industry," this book tells the engrossing tale of Darsie Latimer, who sets out in 1765 to discover the mystery of his parentage.

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Published in 1819 and 1824, respectively, these titles are typical of Scott's historical soap operas involving revenge, kidnapping, love, political turmoil, and what have you. To help readers understand the Scottish dialect in Scott's writing, these include glossaries as well as scholarly introductions. Both books are based on Scott's original texts. Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
Based on the 1824 edition of the novel about a final, fictional attempt to restore the Stuarts to the British crown in the 1760s, and the ideologies and lifestyles of the rebels who launch it. Their vision of a once and future Scotland is embodied in the inset Wandering Willie's Tale, considered by many to be the best short story every written in Scots. Also includes an essay on the text, explanatory notes, a glossary without pronunciation, and maps. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.

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G A M Wood was formerly Senior Lecturer in English at the University of Stirling.

David Hewitt was Regius Chalmers Professor of English Literature at the University of Aberdeen and is Editor-in-chief of the Edinburgh Edition of the Waverley Novels.

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Redgauntlet 3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
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Sir Walter Scott's 1824 novel REDGAUNTLET is the greatest of the 'WAVERLEY' series of historical tales of Scotland. Such tales abound in dialog in the lowland Scots language of Scott and Robert Burns, with many learned tags from Latin and allusions to European classics in several languages. The average American reader can make better sense of REDGAUNTLET and related novels by Scott if the text is embedded in a volume fitted out with end notes, linguistic glossary and an historical setting. For this purpose there is no better series than the PENGUIN CLASSICS. *** Two very young, unworldly male friends, the dreamy Darsie Latimer and the slightly older, newly minted Scottish lawyer Alan Fairford are forced to grow up quickly. The orphaned, still under age Darsie (whose lineage is a mystery to him) is kidnapped by a rebellious uncle Hugh of the ancient house of Redgauntlet as part of a fictitious 1765 plot to place the Young Pretender back on the thrones of England and Scotland. Alan abandons his first case in Edinburgh to race to the borderlands along the Firth of Solway to find his missing friend Darsie. In the progress of this tale, Darsie discovers that a beautiful miss with whom he is briefly smitten is his sister and that he is the heir of wealth in England and of an attainted title in Scotland. The friends fall in with Quaker fishers who dam streams with nets and hostile Catholic horsemen who fish the tidal shallows with lances, with hypocritical Presbyterian smugglers and a cast of unforgettable rogues, heroes and even Prince Charles Edward Stuart himself. Memorable is the blind fiddler, Wandering Willie, who communicates with captive Darsie in a code based on popular Scottish folk songs. Shades of Richard the Lion-Hearted imprisoned in Austria and his minstrel Blondel who finds the King through song! *** When asked to say a grace before meals acceptable to their Presbyterian guest Darsie Latimer, a Catholic servant of the Laird of the Lochs pithily sets off the liturgical difference between Protestants and Catholics: 'if the gentleman is a whig, he may please himself with his own mummery. My faith is neither in word nor writ, but in barley bread and brown ale' [Catholic code words for bread and wine, elements of the Christian Eucharist], (p.28). There is also pointed debate in the novel about free will versus destiny. *** Many intertwined personalities come together in a grand finale on the shores of the Solway. REDGAUNTLET is the grandest tale by Scotland's greatest teller of tales. -OOO-