by Walter Scott


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Sir Walter Scott’s first novel, Waverley enjoyed tremendous popularity upon its first publication. The novel is set during the Jacobite Rebellion of 1745, which sought to restore Charles Edward Stuart to the British throne. It portrays the doomed rising from the perspective of the hero, Edward Waverley, who travels to Scotland and is drawn to the Jacobite cause by a clan chieftain, his beautiful sister, and Charles Edward Stuart himself.

Appendices to this edition include material on the Jacobite Rebellion and related conflicts, Scottish folklore, and a broad selection of contemporary reviews of Waverley.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781784871413
Publisher: Random House UK
Publication date: 04/01/2017
Series: Vintage Classics Series
Pages: 688
Product dimensions: 4.30(w) x 6.90(h) x 1.60(d)
Age Range: 9 - 12 Years

About the Author

Susan Kubica Howard is Associate Professor of English at Duquesne University. She is the editor of the Broadview Editions of Frances Burney's Evelina and Charlotte Lennox's Euphemia.

Table of Contents

Sir Walter Scott: A Brief Chronology
A Note on the Text
Abbreviations for Works Consulted for Annotations

Scott’s Notes to Waverley,Volumes One and Two

Appendix A: Selected Reviews of Waverley (1814–31)

  1. From the Quarterly Review (July 1814) [John Wilson Croker]
  2. From the Scots Magazine (July 1814)
  3. From the British Critic (August 1814)
  4. From the Antijacobin Review and Magazine (September 1814)
  5. From the Scourge (October 1814)
  6. From the Edinburgh Review (November 1814) [Francis Jeffrey]
  7. From the Monthly Review (November 1814)
  8. From the Critical Review (March 1815)
  9. From the London Magazine (June 1829)
  10. From the North American Review (April 1831)

Appendix B: The Union of 1707

  1. Jonathan Swift, “Verses Said to Be Written on the Union” (1707)
  2. From Daniel Defoe, A Tour Thro’ the Whole Island of Great Britain (1724–27)
  3. From Daniel Defoe, A Review of the State of the British Nation (1707)
  4. “The Union” (1819)

Appendix C: The Jacobite Rebellion of 1745

  1. Tobias Smollett, “Tears of Scotland” (1746)
  2. Songs from The Jacobite Relics of Scotland (1819)
    1. “Here’s to the King, Sir”
    2. “The King shall enjoy his own again”
  3. Songs from Jacobite Songs and Ballads (1887)
    1. “Maclean’s Welcome”
    2. “Will he no come back again”
    3. “O’er the Water to Charlie”
  4. From Henry Fielding, The History of the Present Rebellion in Scotland (1745)
  5. From Walter Scott, Redgauntlet. A Tale of the Eighteenth Century (1824)

Appendix D: Scottish Folklore and Legend in Contemporary Literature

  1. From James Macpherson, “The Battle of Lora” (1803)
  2. From Elizabeth Hamilton, The Cottagers of Glenburnie (1808)
  3. From Anne MacVicar Grant, Essays on the Superstitions of the Highlanders of Scotland (1811)

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Waverley 3.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
thorold on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Waverley is another of those books that comes with a lot of literary baggage, so that it is difficult to sit down and read it on its own terms. It was the first massive best-seller; the Hary Potter of the early nineteenth century; the book that established the novel as the dominant literary form of the next two centuries; the first real historical novel; the book that made Scotland fashionably Romantic; the only novel to have a railway station named after it, etc., etc.The story itself is simple, and to modern eyes rather predictable: a naive, romantically inclined young Englishman goes to Scotland in 1745 to join his regiment, makes friends with some quaint and Romantic Highlanders, and finds his loyalties divided when he is caught up in a Jacobite rising. We get lots of stunning scenery, wild romantic characters, battles, pursuits and escapes, treachery and friendship, bagpipes, tartan, and all the rest. But the thing you forget about Scott (or at least I tend to) is that politically, he's not a Romantic at all. The message of the book is that pursuing abstract ideals and personal inclinations at the cost of civil order and the rule of law only leads to death and destruction. I suppose that's why Scott remained popular throughout the nineteenth century. The conservatism itself might not appeal so much in the 21st century, but the degree of ironic detachment it lends to the story is rather attractive. The real joy of the book is in the details, though. It's worth reading the book just to meet the Baron of Bradwardine and his Bailie, and there are a host of less important but equally acutely drawn minor characters. I usually find dialect an irritation in a novel, but in Scott it is all part of the fun, and it is used cleverly and effectively to add to the characterisation. The Penguin edition has a long glossary in the back, but with a bit of imagination it should be easy enough for most readers to decode what the obscurer Scots or Gaelic (or Latin and French, for that matter) words mean from the context.
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