Waverley

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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: 9781551118956
  • Publisher: Broadview Press
  • Publication date: 7/7/2010
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 538
  • Sales rank: 1,264,695
  • Product dimensions: 5.40 (w) x 8.40 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Sir Walter Scott was born in Edinburgh in 1771. Educated for the law, he obtained the office of sheriff-depute of Selkirkshire in 1799 and in 1806 the office of clerk of session, a post whose duties he fulfilled for some twenty-five years. His lifelong interest in Scottish antiquity and the ballads which recorded Scottish history led him to try his hand at narrative poems of adventure and action. The Lay of the Last Minstrel (1805), Marmion (1808), and The Lady of the Lake (1810) made his reputation as one of the leading poets of his time. A novel, Waverley, which he had begun in 1805, was published anonymously in 1814. Subsequent novels appeared with the note “by the author of Waverley”; hence his novels often are called collectively “the Waverley novels.” Some of the most famous of these are Old Mortality (1816), Rob Roy (1817), Ivanhoe (1819), Kenilworth (1821), and Quentin Durward (1823). In recognition of his literary work Scott was made a baronet in 1819. During his last years he held various official positions and published biographies, editions of Swift and Dryden, tales, lyric poetry, and various studies of history and antiquity. He died in 1832.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgements 9

Introduction 11

Sir Walter Scott: A Brief Chronology 37

A Note on the Text 39

Abbreviations for Works Consulted for Annotations 45

Waverley 47

Scott's Notes to Waverley, Volumes One and Two 453

Appendix A: Selected Reviews of Waverley (1814-31) 481

1 From the Quarterly Review (July 1814) 481

2 From the Scots Magazine (July 1814) John Wilson Croker Croker, John Wilson 484

3 From the British Critic (August 1814) John Wilson Croker Croker, John Wilson 485

4 From the Antijacobin Review and Magazine (September 1814) John Wilson Croker Croker, John Wilson 488

5 From the Scourge (October 1814) John Wilson Croker Croker, John Wilson 490

6 From the Edinburgh Review (November 1814) John Wilson Croker Croker, John Wilson 491

7 From the Monthly Review (November 1814) Francis Jeffrey Jeffrey, Francis 493

8 From the Critical Review (March 1815) Francis Jeffrey Jeffrey, Francis 495

9 From the London Magazine (June 1829) Francis Jeffrey Jeffrey, Francis 495

10 From the North American Review (April 1831) Francis Jeffrey Jeffrey, Francis 497

Appendix B: The Union of 1707 Francis Jeffrey Jeffrey, Francis 501

1 Jonathan Swift, "Verses Said to Be Written on the Union" (1707) Francis Jeffrey Jeffrey, Francis 501

2 From Daniel Defoe, A Tour Thro' the Whole Island of Great Britain (1724-27) Francis Jeffrey Jeffrey, Francis 501

3 From Daniel Defoe, A Review of the State of the British Nation (1707) Francis Jeffrey Jeffrey, Francis 505

4 "The Union" (1819) Francis Jeffrey Jeffrey, Francis 506

Appendix C: The Jacobite Rebellion of 1745 Francis Jeffrey Jeffrey, Francis 509

1 Tobias Smollett, "Tears of Scotland" (1746) Francis Jeffrey Jeffrey, Francis 509

2 Songs from The Jacobite Relics of Scotland (1819) Francis Jeffrey Jeffrey, Francis 511

a "Here's to the King, Sir" Francis Jeffrey Jeffrey, Francis 511

b "The King shall enjoy his own again" Francis Jeffrey Jeffrey, Francis 512

3 Songs from Jacobite Songs and Ballads (1887) Francis Jeffrey Jeffrey, Francis 513

a "Maclean's Welcome" Francis Jeffrey Jeffrey, Francis 513

b "Will he no come back again" Francis Jeffrey Jeffrey, Francis 514

c "O'er the Water to Charlie" Francis Jeffrey Jeffrey, Francis 515

4 From Henry Fielding, The History of the Present Rebellion in Scotland (1745) Francis Jeffrey Jeffrey, Francis 515

5 From Walter Scott, Redgauntlet. A Tale of the Eighteenth Century (1824) Francis Jeffrey Jeffrey, Francis 522

Appendix D: Scottish Folklore and Legend in Contemporary Literature Francis Jeffrey Jeffrey, Francis 525

1 From James Macpherson, "The Battle of Lora" (1803) Francis Jeffrey Jeffrey, Francis 525

2 From Elizabeth Hamilton, The Cottagers of Glenburnie (1808) Francis Jeffrey Jeffrey, Francis 528

3 From Anne MacVicar Grant, Essays on the Superstitions of the Highlanders of Scotland (1811) Francis Jeffrey Jeffrey, Francis 531

Select Bibliography and Works Cited Francis Jeffrey Jeffrey, Francis 535

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