Walter Scott





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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“Oh, what a tangled web we weave...when first we practice to deceive.”
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Polls

October 2014 Old School Classic Poll

Which book would you like to read for our October 2014 Old School Classic Group Read?

1897, The Invisible Man by H.G. Wells, 192pp
 
  32 votes, 17.1%

 
  27 votes, 14.4%

1842, Dead Souls by Nikolai Gogol, 464pp
 
  21 votes, 11.2%

1853, Villette by Charlotte Brontë, 573pp
 
  16 votes, 8.6%

1602, Hamlet by William Shakespeare, 289pp
 
  15 votes, 8.0%

1853, Bleak House by Charles Dickens, 1017pp
 
  15 votes, 8.0%

 
  11 votes, 5.9%

 
  11 votes, 5.9%

1872, Middlemarch by George Eliot, 904pp
 
  10 votes, 5.3%

 
  7 votes, 3.7%

 
  6 votes, 3.2%

 
  5 votes, 2.7%

 
  3 votes, 1.6%

 
  3 votes, 1.6%

 
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  2 votes, 1.1%

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