Sutherland, John. “Abbotsford and Waverley (1811-1814).” In The Life of Walter Scott: A Critical Biography, pp. 154-75. Oxford: Blackwell Publishers, 1995.
Describes Scott's delayed writing of Waverley and the novel's relationship to the political atmosphere of Europe in 1814.
Beiderwell, Bruce. “The Lesson of Waverley.” In Power and Punishment in Scott's Novels, pp. 11-27. Athens: University of Georgia Press, 1992.
Concentrates on the theme of social justice and issues raised concerning capital punishment in Waverley.
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