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By Richard Humphrey

Scott's Waverley (1814), set in and round the Jacobite emerging within the Scotland of 1745–6, was once the 1st old novel in international literature. leading edge and humane in its plot, wealthy in social element, and actually overseas in reputation, it not just introduced a style, but additionally turned a landmark in literary realism, in historiography and in bookselling. during this learn, Richard Humphrey lines and debts for the text's impression on ancient fiction and indicates its originality in tackling the manifold problems with uprising and war, separatism and union, prejudice and cultural tolerance. He units Waverley in its social and literary context, presents precise research of key parts of the textual content, and gives counsel on extra interpreting.

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