Walter Scott


Born
in Edinburgh, Scotland
August 15, 1771

Died
September 21, 1832

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Influences


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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 changes in history.

Scott's work shows the influence of the 18th century enlightenment. He believed every human was basically decent regardless of class, religion, politics, or ancestry. Tolerance is a major theme in his historical works. The Waverley Novels express his belief in the need for social progress that does not reject the traditions of th
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“Revenge, the sweetest morsel to the mouth that ever was cooked in hell.”
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Polls

May 2017 Revisit the Shelf-Reread Poll

Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov, 331 pages, 1955
 
  59 votes, 16.6%

 
  46 votes, 13.0%

Doctor Zhivago by Boris Pasternak, 592 pages, 1957
 
  30 votes, 8.5%

Madame Bovary by Gustave Flaubert, 329 pages, 1856
 
  28 votes, 7.9%

 
  28 votes, 7.9%

 
  25 votes, 7.0%

Wuthering Heights by Emily Brontë, 464 pages, 1847
 
  23 votes, 6.5%

Jamaica Inn by Daphne du Maurier, 320 pages, 1935
 
  23 votes, 6.5%

Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy, 964 pages, 1877
 
  20 votes, 5.6%

North and South by Elizabeth Gaskell, 521 pages, 1854
 
  20 votes, 5.6%

 
  19 votes, 5.4%

King Lear by William Shakespeare, 338 pages, 1603
 
  16 votes, 4.5%

 
  15 votes, 4.2%

Rob Roy by Walter Scott, 501 pages, 1817
 
  3 votes, 0.8%

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