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The Journal of Sir Walter Scott

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"I have all my life regretted that I did not keep a regular [journal]. I have myself lost recollection of much that was interesting and I have deprived my family and the public of some curious information by not carrying this resolution into effect." Sunday, 20 November 1825 With these words Scott began what many regard as his greatest work, a diary which was to turn into ...more
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Published June 1st 1999 by Canongate UK (first published October 28th 1970)
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James Robertson
Apr 11, 2013 James Robertson rated it it was amazing
Begun in late 1825 when he was 54,Scott's Journal is the last masterpiece of one of the 19th century's greatest writers. Within a few months he would become a widower, be financially ruined, be forced to sell his house in Edinburgh, hand Abbotsford over to a trust, and set himself to the task of paying off debts of £130,000 (millions in today's terms) through his writing. The effort brought him ill health and sent him to an early grave seven years later. This famous, hugely successful man became ...more
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Jan 03, 2009 Gerry rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
A fascinating insight into the world of the great Scottish novelist with mention of such as Wordsworth, Garrick, Turner (£25 per plate for illustrating one of Scott's works). The sums of money that Scott earns, and needs to pay off his debts, are tremendous even in today's terms. The journal ends with a trip to the Mediterranean and Italy, where an amusing incident is when Scott meets the King and records, "The King spoke to me about five minutes, of which I hardly understood five words. I answe ...more
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Sir Walter Scott was born on August 15, 1771 in Edinburgh, Scotland. Scott created and popularized historical novels in a series called the Waverley Novels. In his novels Scott arranged the plots and characters so the reader enters into the lives of both great and ordinary people caught up in violent, dramatic
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