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The Heart Of Mid-lothian
by Walter Scott
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"The present volume offers the modern reader a version very close to that a reader in 1818 would have experienced...Highly recommended."
"I recommend the book to admirers of Scott and to those who, like me, have never read his work but always felt they should." -- Sue Asher, The Historical Novels Review
"By comparing the first edition of Scott's famous work to the manuscript, the editors of this excellent edition produce 'an ideal first edition.'" -- Choice
The Heart of Mid-Lothian is precisely focused on the murder trials of John Porteous and Effie Deans in 1736 and 1737. Scott's chronicle spans the eighty years of David Dean's life. A complex and challenging narrative that acutely raises the problem of a judicial system that does not produce justice. Placed within its immediate political context, history is represented through the life of the Deans, accompanied by the justice of Providence as perceived by his daughter Jeanie, the greatest of Scott's heroines.
This edition of The Heart of Mid-Lothian provides a new text established in accordance with the tired policies and practices of the Edinburgh Edition of the Waverley Novels. Its annotation comprehensively treats the novel's historical, legal, religious and cultural sources.
The Heart of Mid-Lothian is precisely focused on the trials for murder of John Porteous and of Effie Deans in 1736 and 1737. Yet it is Scott's only chronicle, spanning the eighty years of the life of David Deans, whose death takes place in 1751. It is the most complex of all Scott's narratives. It is also the most challenging in that it raises in an acute fashion the problem of a judicial system that does not produce justice, and places it within not just the immediate political context, but within history as represented by the life of Deans, and the justice of Providence as perceived by his daughter Jeanie, the greatest of Scott's heroines.
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About the Author
Alison Lumsden is a lecturer in english and scottish at the University of Aberdeen
Alison Lumsden is AHRB Research Fellow, Edinburgh Edition of the Waverley Novels, at the University of Aberdeen
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