Reliquiae Trotcosienses: or, The Gabions of the Late Jonathan Oldbuck Esq. of Monkbarns

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Reliquiae Trotcosienses was one of Scott's last works, and, after his death, was suppressed by his literary executor and his publisher. Although extracts were published in 1889 and 1905, this is the first complete edition, and has been edited from the manuscript recently relocated in the library at Abbotsford, the house near Melrose in the Scottish Borders which Scott built for his library and museum.Reliquiae Trotcosienses (the relics of Trotcosey) is a guide to Abbotsford and to its collections, and illustrates in miniature all the different ways in which Scott tried to recover the past: in building, in collecting, and in the multiple acts of narration which invest objects with significance. But it is simultaneously a work of fiction, which satirises the impulses of antiquarian collection. Scott would not take himself seriously, and through the learned buffoonery of this extraordinary work he mocks the kind of activity in which he was engaged as writer and collector. Yet this is also a personal, e

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Gerard Carruthers is Reader and Head of Department in Scottish Literature at the University of Glasgow Alison Lumsden is Senior Lecturer, Department of English Literature at the University of Aberdeen

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The book's publication is, one hopes, a sign that a serious scholarly return to Scott is underway! in recent years, the Edinburgh Edition of the Waverley Novels has attempted to reintroduce the Waverley Novels in their original, pre-Magnum Opus form, and one hopes that a new generation of readers will discover the author's remarkable descriptions of historical battles, deadly storms, and colorful Scottish villages without the distraction of footnotes and authorial asides The book's publication is, one hopes, a sign that a serious scholarly return to Scott is underway! in recent years, the Edinburgh Edition of the Waverley Novels has attempted to reintroduce the Waverley Novels in their original, pre-Magnum Opus form, and one hopes that a new generation of readers will discover the author's remarkable descriptions of historical battles, deadly storms, and colorful Scottish villages without the distraction of footnotes and authorial asides

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