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The Journal of Sir Walter Scott From the Original Manuscript at Abbotsford   By: (1771-1832)

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In "The Journal of Sir Walter Scott From the Original Manuscript at Abbotsford," readers are bestowed with a remarkable glimpse into the mind of one of Scotland's greatest literary figures. Edited and brought to life by Walter Scott himself, this intimate journal allows the reader to traverse through the private thoughts and musings of a literary genius.

Through its pages, readers are instantly transported to the early nineteenth century, stepping into Scott's world as he meanders through the Scottish countryside, interacts with friends and acquaintances, and contemplates his numerous works. The entries, meticulously documented by Scott, truly reveal the depth of his knowledge and his unwavering passion for Scottish history, culture, and folklore.

Scott's journal showcases his unwavering dedication to his craft and his constant striving for literary perfection. His observations on the writing process, the struggles he faces, and the inspirations and motivations behind his works are nothing short of fascinating. Seeing the progression of his thoughts and the evolution of his ideas offers a unique opportunity for readers to gain insight into the creative mind of a literary icon.

One of the most captivating aspects of this journal is its vivid portrayal of the Scottish landscape. Scott's deep connection to his homeland is evident as he describes the picturesque scenery, the ruins of ancient castles, and the eerie allure of the Scottish Highlands. His love for Scotland and his ability to bring its landscapes to life with his words adds an additional layer of enchantment to this already engrossing memoir.

The entries are not limited to Scott's literary endeavors alone. He also offers personal reflections on various aspects of society, politics, and even his own health. From his fascination with historical figures to his encounters with fellow writers and artists, Scott's journal presents a well-rounded picture of his life and times.

Despite the book's age, the prose is remarkably accessible and engaging for modern audiences. Scott's concise yet evocative writing style draws readers in and keeps them engaged from beginning to end. While the journal may lack the narrative structure of a traditional novel, Scott's eclectic observations and his ability to transport readers through time and space make it an enthralling read that never loses its allure.

Overall, "The Journal of Sir Walter Scott From the Original Manuscript at Abbotsford" is a literary gem that will captivate both fans of Scott's work and those looking for a deeper understanding of the man behind the pen. Its blend of personal reflections, historical insights, and vivid descriptions make it an invaluable resource for scholars and enthusiasts alike. This rare glimpse into Scott's innermost thoughts and experiences is a treasure trove for anyone eager to delve into the world of this literary titan and the world that shaped him.

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THE JOURNAL OF

SIR WALTER SCOTT

FROM THE ORIGINAL MANUSCRIPT

AT ABBOTSFORD

[Illustration]

VOLUME I

BURT FRANKLIN NEW YORK

Published by BURT FRANKLIN 235 East 44th St., New York, N.Y. 10017 Originally Published: 1890 Reprinted: 1970 Printed in the U.S.A.

S.B.N. 32110 Library of Congress Card Catalog No.: 73 123604 Burt Franklin: Research and Source Works Series 535 Essays in Literature and Criticism 82

[Illustration: [Greek: NUX GAR ERCHETAI.]]

" I must home to work while it is called day; for the night cometh when no man can work. I put that text, many a year ago, on my dial stone; but it often preached in vain ." SCOTT'S Life , x. 88.]

" I shall have a peep at Bothwell Castle if it is only for half an hour. It is a place of many recollections to me, for I cannot but think how changed I am from the same Walter Scott who was so passionately ambitious of fame when I wrote the song of Young Lochinvar at Bothwell; and if I could recall the same feelings, where was I to find an audience so kind and patient, and whose applause was at the same time so well worth having, as Lady Dalkeith and Lady Douglas? When one thinks of these things, there is no silencing one's regret but by Corporal Nym's philosophy : Things must be as they may... Continue reading book >>




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