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Footsteps of Scott (Inglés) Tapa blanda – 17 may 2012


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Tapa blanda, 17 may 2012
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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1908 Excerpt: ...for a consideration of the Scott literature to-day. In a sense, one may be sorry that Scott listened to Erskine's condemnation. But for that, what treasures more might we not have had? Don Roderick; Rokeby; The Bridal of Triermain, could well have been sacrificed for the ten or twelve novels that, judging by the future output at any rate, were amply possible within the period. It cannot be doubted that Waverley would have been as great a success in 1805 as it was in 1814. But the years between were far from being idly spent, and Scott was doubtless the better equipped for this the real work of his life when its full time had come. The sub-title, 'Tis Sixty Years Since, carries the romance back to the'Forty-five, the most memorable episode in Scottish history. With every phase of the Rising, its localities and actors, Scott was on familiar ground. The theme appealed to his strongly romantic temperament, and the chapters, after the story has been really entered upon, never fail to fascinate with their rare flow of energy, and the tine historic sense to which they are attuned. Fortunate it was for Scotland that Jacobitism ended as it did! Who is there, however, who has not a more or less sneaking admiration for the heroes and heroines of the illstarred attempt? None may question the sincerity of those who made such risks for one who, after all, showed himself not altogether worthy of the love lavished upon him or the blood spilled on his behalf. The Waverley arena confines itself chiefly to the Perth Highlands, though the exigencies of the story lead to other parts of Scotland, and to the English Border, where the closing tragic scenes are enacted. Tradition ascribes the impress of a man's fingers on a window-sill at Carlisle Castle as the work of MacDonald of...

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