Waverley

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"The most romantic parts of this narrative are precisely those which have a foundation in fact."

Edward Waverley, a young English soldier in the Hanoverian army, is sent to Scotland where he finds himself caught up in events that quickly transform from the stuff of romance into nightmare. His character is fashioned through his experience of the Jacobite rising of 1745-6, the last civil war fought on British soil and the unsuccessful attempt to reinstate the Stuart monarchy, ...

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"The most romantic parts of this narrative are precisely those which have a foundation in fact."

Edward Waverley, a young English soldier in the Hanoverian army, is sent to Scotland where he finds himself caught up in events that quickly transform from the stuff of romance into nightmare. His character is fashioned through his experience of the Jacobite rising of 1745-6, the last civil war fought on British soil and the unsuccessful attempt to reinstate the Stuart monarchy, represented by Prince Charles Edward. Waverley's love for the spirited Flora MacIvor and his romantic nature increasingly pull him towards the Jacobite cause, and test his loyalty to the utmost.

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.

ABOUT THE SERIES:
For over 100 years Oxford World's Classics has made available the widest range of literature from around the globe. 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.

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.

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Editorial Reviews

Frank Palmeri University of Miami
"The well-chosen additional materials in this new edition of Waverley will prove illuminating to readers of Scott in numerous ways. Contemporaneous reviews reveal a wide range of perspectives on this historical novel; selections by Defoe and Swift express conflicting attitudes toward the Union of 1707. In addition, sections on the Rebellion of 1745 and on the customs of the Highlanders make available relevant but otherwise not easily available texts that further enrich this edition both for scholars of the novel and for student readers."
Christopher Harvie
"Walter Scott's Waverley is not an antique, but a revolutionary work that established the novel not just as an ideal type of history but as history itself: the psychology, the furnishings, the environment of the transition from militant to commercial society. Broadview's edition will help to reinstate the vivid creativeness of Scott in imagining a past and its people – not to speak of his anticipation of multi-media only a few years before the photograph."
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 • "Walter Scott invented the historical novel... only Shakespeare can equal him as a creator of characters." --Daily Mail
 • "Waverley is the first great historical novel and should be ranked alongside Stendhal's The Charterhouse of Parma or Tolstoy's War and Peace, both of which are bathed in the blaze of Scott's molten genius." --Independent
 • "Walter Scott has no business to write novels, especially good ones. It is not fair. He has Fame and Profit enough as a Poet, and should not be taking the bread out of other people's mouths. I do not like him, and do not mean to like Waverley if I can help it -- but fear I must." --Jane Austen
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780198716594
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press
  • Publication date: 6/1/2015
  • Series: Oxford World's Classics Series
  • Edition description: Second Edition
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 528
  • Sales rank: 974,159
  • Product dimensions: 5.00 (w) x 7.60 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Claire Lamont is a General Editor for the Edinburgh Edition of the Waverley Novels. She has published widely on Jane Austen and Romantic literature, and has edited Scott's The Heart of Midlothian and Austen's Sense and Sensibility for Oxford World's Classics.

Kathryn Sutherland is the editor of Scott's Redgauntlet, Adam Smith's Wealth of Nations, and Austen-Leigh's Memoir of Jane Austen and Other Family Recollections for Oxford World's Classics. She has created a digitial edition of Jane Austen's Fiction Manuscripts (2010), the print edition of which is due to be published by OUP in 2014. She is the author of Jane Austen's Textual Lives: from Aeschylus to Bollywood (OUP, 2005).

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Introduction
Sir Walter Scott: A Brief Chronology
A Note on the Text
Waverley
Appendix A: Selected Reviews of Waverley
Appendix B. Map of Scotland and England in 1745
Appendix C. Union of 1707
1.Jonathan Swift, "VERSES said to be written on the UNION."
2.From Daniel Defoe, A Tour Thro' the Whole Island of Great Britain
3.From Daniel Defoe, A Review of the State of the British Nation
4.James Hogg, "The Union"
Appendix D. Jacobite Rebellion of 1745
1.Tobias Smollett, "Tears of Scotland"
2.From James Hogg, The Jacobite Relics of Scotland; Being the Songs, Airs, and Legends, of the Adherents to the House of Stuart
3.From G. S. MacQuoid, Jacobite Songs and Ballads
4.From Henry Fielding, The History of the Present Rebellion in Scotland
5.From Sir Walter Scott, Redgauntlet. A Tale of the Eighteenth Century
Appendix E. Scottish Folklore and Legend in Contemporary Poetry and Fiction
1.From James Macpherson, The Poems of Ossian
2.From Elizabeth Hamilton, The Cottagers of Glenburnie
3.From Anne MacVicar Grant, Essays on the Superstitions of the Highlanders of Scotland
Select Bibliography

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