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The first 'historical novel' in English, Waverley 1814 is set at the time of the Jacobite rising of 1745. Edward Waverley, a young English soldier in the Hanoverian army, is sent to Scotland. He visits a Jacobite laird in the Lowlands of Perthshire, and then makes his way into the Highlands, where he meets a chieftain and his clansmen. Before long Waverley is caught up in the Jacobite cause, offering his allegiance to Prince Charles Edward Stuart, and to the dauntless Flora Mac-Ivor. The hero's journey of ...
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Overview

The first 'historical novel' in English, Waverley 1814 is set at the time of the Jacobite rising of 1745. Edward Waverley, a young English soldier in the Hanoverian army, is sent to Scotland. He visits a Jacobite laird in the Lowlands of Perthshire, and then makes his way into the Highlands, where he meets a chieftain and his clansmen. Before long Waverley is caught up in the Jacobite cause, offering his allegiance to Prince Charles Edward Stuart, and to the dauntless Flora Mac-Ivor. The hero's journey of self-discovery takes place in a country torn by civil war, as the political outlook of the eighteenth century meets the older social organization of the Highlands in violent confrontation.

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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"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

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780140436600
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA)
  • Publication date: 3/27/2012
  • Pages: 528
  • Sales rank: 573,440
  • Product dimensions: 5.10 (w) x 7.70 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author

Walter Scott (1771-1832) was a Scottish historical novelist, playwright and poet whose major works include The Heart of Midlothian, Ivanhoe, The Lady of the Lake, Rob Roy, and Waverly.

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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
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