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Who is Sir Walter Scott?

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ktastic34 | Student, Grade 11 | eNotes Newbie

Posted March 21, 2012 at 12:44 PM via web

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Who is Sir Walter Scott?

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bullgatortail | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Distinguished Educator

Posted March 21, 2012 at 10:27 PM (Answer #1)

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One of the most popular writers of his time, Sir Walter Scott (1771–1832) was a native-born Scotsman famed for his romantic poetry and classic historical novels such as Ivanhoe and Rob Roy. Scott became a lawyer, publisher and printer before gaining success as a writer. His poems, The Lay of the Last Minstrel (1805) and The Lady of the Lake (1810); and his series of Waverley novels, that included Rob Roy (1817) and Ivanhoe (1819), were enormously popular, though Scott chose to author the novels anonymously, only revealing himself as the author five years before his death. Scott's fame was international, and he was the most popular writer in the United States during the 19th century. His image adorns many old Scottish bank notes, and he helped to revive the popularity of the kilt and tartan as symbols of Scotland. Scott's most memorable lines appear in the poem Marmion:

Oh! what atangled web we weave
When first we practise to deceive!

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etotheeyepi | Student, Undergraduate | (Level 1) Valedictorian

Posted March 21, 2012 at 1:05 PM (Answer #2)

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Scott was a Scottish author.  The Wikipedia article has a long list of his books.

When I was eight or maybe nine years old, I read Ivanho, which is the story of an Englishman who returns to England from the holyland after one of the early crusades. When my mother tells the story, she say I sat all day with my "nose stuck in the book."  I don't know if that is true, but I remember wondering if I could be as pretty and Rebecca, and if men would fight over me.

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