Waverley Further Reading
by Sir Walter Scott

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Further Reading

(Nineteenth-Century Literary Criticism)


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.

Bevan, Ernest, Jr. “Waverley and the Forms of Temporal Perception.” Massachusetts Studies in English 5, no. 4 (1978): 11-17.

Describes Scott's manipulation of time through his representation of personal, familial, political, and historical pasts in Waverley.

Brown, David. “Waverley.” In Walter Scott and the Historical Imagination, pp. 6-30. London: Routledge & Kegan Paul, 1979.

Notes the unity of Waverley produced through Scott's skillful linking of the novel's dual plots—the private history of Edward Waverley's life and the political history of the failed 1745 Jacobite rebellion in Scotland.

Buzard, James. “Translation and Tourism: Scott's Waverley and the Rendering of Culture.” Yale Journal of Criticism 8, no. 2 (fall 1995): 31-59.

Views Scott's representation of Scotland in Waverley as inauthentic from a cultural perspective.

Crockett, W. S. “Waverley—‘The Baron of Bradwardine,’” and “Waverley—‘David Gellatley.’” In The Scott Originals: An Account of Notables & Worthies, the Originals of Characters in the Waverley Novels, pp. 3-23, 27-41. London: T. N. Foulis, 1912.

Analyzes two supporting characters in Waverley and their biographical sources.

Daiches, David. “Scott's Waverley: The Presence of the Author.” In Nineteenth-Century Scottish Fiction: Critical Essays, edited by Ian Campbell, pp. 6-17. Manchester: Carcanet New Press, 1979.

Discusses Scott's use of his own authorial voice, rather than that of a narrative persona, in Waverley.

Garside, Peter. “Popular Fiction and National Tale: Hidden Origins of Scott's Waverley.Nineteenth Century Literature 46, no. 1 (June 1991): 30-53.

Studies Waverley's problematic relationship to popular fiction of the early nineteenth century.

Lamont, Claire. “A Note on Gaelic Proverbs in Waverley.Notes and Queries 22, no. 2 (February 1975): 64-66.

Surveys Scotch-Gaelic aphorisms in Waverley.

Peterson, Clell, T. “The Writing of Waverley.American Book Collector 18, no. 3 (November 1967): 12-16.

(The entire section is 520 words.)