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Biography on Sir Walter Scott 1771-1832 Walter Scott was a Scottish novelist and poet He worked as a translator editor biographer and critic and wrote novels and poems making him one of the most prominent figures in English romanticism He was born in Edinburgh August 15 1771 He was trained as a lawyer and then he became a legal official This occupation allowed him to write which he liked He loved ballads and legends which helped direct Scotts literary activity He had translated German Gothic romances in 1796 which gained him a little popularity but when he wrote his edition of ballads he got a lot more popular This edition of his was called The Minstrelsy of the Scottish Border in 1802-1803 His first narrative poem The Lay of the Last Minstrel 1805 brought him huge popularity Following this success he wrote a series of romantic narrative poems which included Marmion 1808 The Lady of the Lake 1810 The Bridal of Triermain 1813 and The Lord of the Isles 1815 In 1813 he was offered the poet laureateship of England but he said no to the post and recommended Robert Southey for the post He also published editions of the writings of the English poet John Dryden in 1808 and of the English satirist Jonathan Swift in 1814 When he started losing his popularity because of the competition caused by Lord Byron he turned to the novels Waverley 1814 his first novel began a new series of brilliant novels More than 20 novels followed in rapid succession including Guy Mannering 1815 Old Mortality 1816 The Heart of Midlothian 1818 Rob Roy 1818 The Bride of Lammermoor 1819 Ivanhoe 1820 Kenilworth 1821 Quentin Durward 1823 and The Fair Maid of Perth 1828 Although he published these fiction novels anonymously most everyone knew his identity Scott used his enormous profits to construct a baronial mansion
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