Walter Scott


Born
in Edinburgh, Scotland
August 15, 1771

Died
September 21, 1832

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Influences


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Sir Walter Alva 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
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“Revenge, the sweetest morsel to the mouth that ever was cooked in hell.”
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“Oh, what a tangled web we weave...when first we practice to deceive.”
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Polls

January 2017 Old School Classic Poll

Ivanhoe by Walter Scott, 544 pages, 1819
 
  55 votes, 23.4%

 
  47 votes, 20.0%

Dead Souls by Nikolai Gogol, 464 pages, 1842
 
  40 votes, 17.0%

 
  26 votes, 11.1%

 
  24 votes, 10.2%

Eugénie Grandet by Honoré de Balzac, 200 pages, 1833
 
  15 votes, 6.4%

The Red and the Black by Stendhal, 608 pages, 1830
 
  13 votes, 5.5%

Oblomov by Ivan Goncharov, 567 pages, 1859
 
  9 votes, 3.8%

 
  6 votes, 2.6%

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