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by Walter Scott

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Published in 1819 and 1824, respectively, these titles are typical of Scott's historical soap operas involving revenge, kidnapping, love, political turmoil, and what have you. To help readers understand the Scottish dialect in Scott's writing, these include glossaries as well as scholarly introductions. Both books are based on Scott's original texts.
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Scott's 1824 Redgauntlet is the final novel in his series about the doomed Jacobite cause. The problem, in Scott's view, was that the royal Stuart dynasty was inherently feudal -- and the time in history for feudalism was past. This is a place and a time where deception and lies have become accepted for the preservation of peace -- a peace that is only skin deep. . . .

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The Jacobite enthusiasm of the eighteenth century, particularly during the rebellion of 1745, afforded a theme, perhaps the finest that could be selected for fictitious composition, founded upon real or probable incident. This civil war and its remarkable events were remembered by the existing generation without any degree of the bitterness of spirit which seldom fails to attend internal dissension.

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Sir Walter Scott (1771-1832) was born and educated in Edinburgh and is the foremost Romantic novelist in the English language. Also a poet, he is credited with establishing the form of the historical novel.

G. A. M. Wood held posts at Yale, the University of California, and the University of Stirling, from which he is now retired. He is general editor of the Edinburgh Editions of the Waverley novels.

David Hewitt is professor in Scottish literature at the University of Aberdeen and editor of Scott's The Antiquary for Penguin Classics.



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