The Laird of Abbotsford: A View of Sir Walter Scott

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A.N. Wilson's biography is one of the few studies of Scott to pay due attention both to his life and to his phenomenal literary output. Scott's genius, his humaneness, and his splendid qualities of stoicism and sympathy shine through, in this enthusiastic reassessment of the man who Byron `longed to get drunk with', and who influenced figures as diverse as Queen Victoria, Dickens, Donizetti, Pugin, and Victor Hugo.

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?I have read all W. Scott?s novels at least fifty times? grand work ? great English poet ? wonderful man! I long to get drunk with him.? -- Byron

Despite his staggering output as a novelist, poet, biographer historian and anthologist, copious letters and the celebrated Journal, Walter Scott began his literary career as a middle-aged man. In the face of constant poor health, financial and domestic difficulties, he successfully combined his career as a much-loved, influential author with that of a lawyer, landowner, Border farmer, part-time soldier, and paterfamilias.

Weaving together Scott?s life with his works, A.N. Wilson has produced a lively, and contagiously enthusiastic reassessment of the writer who he believes was, ?the greatest single imaginative genius of the nineteenth century.?

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A.N. Wilson is an award winning biographer who has written lives of Sir Walter Scott (John Llewellyn Rhys Prize), Tolstoy (Whitbread Award for Biography), C.S. Lewis and Hilaire Belloc.

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