Waverley

Waverley

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by Walter Scott
     
 

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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… See more details below

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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 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.

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
 • "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

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780140436600
Publisher:
Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date:
03/27/2012
Pages:
528
Sales rank:
1,327,891
Product dimensions:
5.10(w) x 7.70(h) x 1.10(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

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