Who is Sir Walter Scott?
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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