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Waverley
     

Waverley

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by Walter Scott, Peter Garside (Editor), Ian Duncan (Introduction), Claire Lamont (Editor)
 

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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 and is credited with establishing the historical novel. His first novel, Waverley (1814), tells the story of Edward Waverley, a naïve young man who is posted to Scotland with his regiment.

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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 and is credited with establishing the historical novel. His first novel, Waverley (1814), tells the story of Edward Waverley, a naïve young man who is posted to Scotland with his regiment. Edward must decide whether he will follow the civilization he has always known, or be drawn into an older world of honor. This edition is based on the authoritative Edinburgh version edited by Peter Garside.

For more than seventy years, Penguin has been the leading publisher of classic literature in the English-speaking world. With more than 1,700 titles, Penguin Classics represents a global bookshelf of the best works throughout history and across genres and disciplines. Readers trust the series to provide authoritative texts enhanced by introductions and notes by distinguished scholars and contemporary authors, as well as up-to-date translations by award-winning translators.

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."
From the Publisher

"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

"Scott was one of the most influential of all writers with a profound effect on all the literatures of Europe and North America. He invented the historical novel and greatly enlarged the scope of the novel as a literary form. Only Shakespeare can equal him as a creator of characters."  —Daily Mail

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780140436600
Publisher:
Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date:
03/27/2012
Pages:
528
Sales rank:
312,615
Product dimensions:
5.10(w) x 7.70(h) x 1.10(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

Meet the Author

Walter Scott (1771-1832) was born and educated in Edinburgh. He published several volumes of poetry and turned down the offer of the laureateship before concentrating on fiction. He is credited with establishing the form of the historical novel.

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