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Sir Walter Scott Scottish Novelist 1771 - 1832 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 Scotts 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 the past He was the first novelist to portray peasant characters sympathetically and realistically and was equally just to merchants soldiers and even kings Scott wrote frequently about the conflicts between different cultures Ivanhoe 1791 deals with the struggle between Normans and Saxons and the Talisman 1825 describes the conflict between Christians and Muslims The novels dealing with Scottish history are probably Scotts best They deal with clashes between new commercial English culture and an older Scottish culture Many critics rank Old Mortality 1816 The Heart of Midlothian 1819 and St Ronans Well 1824 as Scotts best novels Other works in the Waverley series include Rob Roy 1817 A Legend of Montrose 1819 and Quentin Dunward 1823 Scotts amiability generosity and modesty made him popular with his contemporaries He was also famous for entertaining on a grand scale at his Scottish estate Abbotsford 1 Alexander Campbells Sir Walter Scott was first published in The Millennial Harbinger Vol 4 No 1 January 1833 The electronic version of the essay has been produced from the College Press reprint 1976 of The Millennial Harbinger ed Alexander Campbell Bethany VA A CampbellJanuary 1833 pp 26-28 The Antiquary - Author Sir Walter Scott Ivanhoe first published in 1791 JG
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