In the same year as he published Waverley anonymously, as Walter Scott he had produced an edition of the works of Swift. The opening pages of Waverley have a kind of sly self-consciousness that echoes Sterne's Tristram Shandy more than Trollope's Orley Farm. The reader doesn't jump into the story, but jumps into a story about the story as the narrator ponders other titles and subtitles the book could have had.
He parodies gothic, sentimental and fashionable tales though the book will eventually encompass all these genres. Chapter 24 begins with the provocative question "Shall this be a long or a short chapter? This is a question in which you, gentle reader, have no vote, however much you may be interested in the consequences.
The eponymous Waverley is an English soldier who ends up supporting Charles Edward Stuart's Jacobite Rebellion of through a mixture of quixotic romanticism and personal petulance. Scott, anonymously reviewing one of his later books in The Quarterly Review called his protagonist "a very amiable and very insipid sort of young man" — in private he referred to him as a "sneaking piece of imbecility".
But then Scott's habit of self-deprecation, charming though it can be, can obscure the psychological acuity and emotional realism of his work. Waverley, for example, falls in love when he plays at falling in love. In his lifetime, Scott was compared to Shakespeare by the critics — not a judgment made too often these days. Nevertheless, it's an important comparison. German critics and Scott began his career translating Goethe had praised Shakespeare for his immense scope, and Scott has something similar: Waverley has space for a royal usurper and the village idiot, the local laird and the middle-class soldier, the fanatic and the pragmatist, the outlaw and the establishment.
Virginia Woolf would later claim he was "perhaps the last novelist to practice the great, the Shakespearean art, of making people reveal themselves in speech". Jane Austen said that Scott had "no business writing novels — especially good ones". Francis Jeffrey, the most influential critic of the day, captures both the thrill and the frustration of reading Scott when he reviewed Waverley in The Edinburgh Review:.
Here is a thing obviously very hastily, and, in many places, very unskilfully written — composed, one half of it, in a dialect unintelligible to four-fifths of the reading population of the country — relating to a period too recent to be romantic, and too far gone by to be familiar — and published, moreover, in a quarter of the island where materials and talents for novel-writing have been supposed to be equally wanting; and yet, by the mere force and truth and vivacity of its colouring, already casting the whole tribe of ordinary novels into the shade, and taking its place rather with the most popular of our modern poems, than with the rubbish of provincial romances.
The secret of this success, we take it, is merely that the author is a person of genius". Waverley is a strangely liminal novel.
Scott's intent was avowedly Unionist — he compared his work to Maria Edgeworth's, in introducing English readers to non-English characters, history and customs, cementing the Union by mutual understanding. What makes Biblio different?
Sign In Register Help Cart 0. Classic Literature English Fiction. Waverley By Scott, Sir Walter.
He was educated in Edinburgh and called to the bar in , succeeding his father as Writer to the Signet, then Clerk of Session. He published anonymous translations of German Romantic poetry from , in which year he also married. In he published his first major work, a romantic poem called The Lay of the Last Minstrel , became a partner in a printing business, and several other long poems followed, including Marmion and The Lady of the Lake These poems found acclaim and great popularity, but from and the publication of Waverley , Scott turned almost exclusively to novel-writing, albeit anonymously.
A hugely prolific period of writing produced over twenty-five novels, including Rob Roy , The Heart of Midlothian , The Bride of Lammermoor , Kenilworth and Redgauntlet Already sheriff-depute of Selkirkshire, Scott was created a baronet in The printing business in which Scott was a partner ran into financial difficulties in , and Scott devoted his energies to work in order to repay the firm's creditors, publishing many more novels, dramatic works, histories and a life of Napoleon Bonaparte.
Log-in or create an account first! Published by Ticknor and Fields, Engraved title to second volume only. Two volumes bound in one. Nineteenth century brown cloth, leather label with gilt letters at foot of spine of Y[oung] M[en's] M[ercantile] L[ibrary] A[ssociation] [of Cinncinnati]. Label quite rubbed, cloth frayed and rubbed along joints and extremities, shaken, lacking leaves preceding dedication leaf other than blank, marginal browning, ex-library with lettering on spine, bookplate removed, stamp on a leaf, else a good copy.
James Cummins Bookseller Published: Nineteenth century brown cloth, leather label with gilt letters at foot of spine of Y[oung] M[en's. Archibald Constable and Co. Second Edition of the first of The Waverley Novels published five weeks after the first edition with minor revisions and one new paragraph volume II, p. This is an extra-illustrated Grangerized edition containing 17 engravings of portraits and views, minor wear. Tipped-in volume I is a facsimile of a holograph letter from Sir Walter Scott to bookseller Charles Tilt thanking him for his present of illustrations for Waverley.
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