The Antiquary (Penguin Classics)

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Set in Scotland at the end of the 18th century, this novel centres around a young man call Lovel who meets Johnathon Oldbuck, the loquacious old antiquary, on a trip to Scotland. When he is introduced to Sir Arthur Wardour and his daughter, Isabella, his life is irrevocably changed.

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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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"A passionately argued edition that refuses to shy away from the critical work that defines editing at its best. Corporately and individually, the editors have set and achieved demanding standards. Their minute scrutiny of textual states does not lie inert in synoptic apparatus, but is woven into cogent expositions of Scott's remarkable feats of composition. Shining steady light on the organic imagination at work within those mechanical relations, the Edinburgh Edition of the Waverley Novels vigorously rebuts Thomas Carlyle's verdict on the man who was a 'novel-manufactory'. Scott emerges once again as a writer of heroic stature."--Professor Kathyrn Sutherland, University of Oxford iThe Times Literary Supplementr


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