The Novels and Poems of Sir Walter Scott: Anne of Geierstein

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Sir Walter Scott, the Scottish novelist, poet, historian and biographer, is often regarded as the inventor of the historical novel, who produced a wide body of literary works, having a profound impact on world literature. This comprehensive eBook presents Scott’s complete fictional works, with numerous illustrations, rare texts appearing in digital print for the first time, informative introductions and the usual Delphi bonus material. (Version 7)

* Beautifully illustrated with images relating to Scott’s life and works
* Concise introductions to the novels and other texts
* ALL 26 novels, with individual contents tables
* Rare novels and shorter fiction often missed out of collections
* Images of how the books were first published, giving your eReader a taste of the original texts
* Excellent formatting of the texts
* Famous works such as WAVERLEY, ROB ROY and IVANHOE are fully illustrated with their original artwork
* Special chronological and alphabetical contents tables for the poetry
* Easily locate the poems you want to read
* Includes Scott’s rare poetry collections and plays – available in no other collection
* Includes a wide selection of Scott’s non-fiction – spend hours exploring the author’s varied works
* Special criticism section with essays by writers such as Henry James, Leslie Stephen and Charles Dickens examining Scott's literary achievements
* Features two biographies – discover Scott’s literary life
* Scholarly ordering of texts into chronological order and literary genres
* UPDATED with entirely revised texts, new formatting, rare plays and new introductions

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CONTENTS:

The Novels
WAVERLEY
GUY MANNERING
THE ANTIQUARY
BLACK DWARF
OLD MORTALITY
ROB ROY
THE HEART OF MIDLOTHIAN
THE BRIDE OF LAMMERMOOR
A LEGEND OF MONTROSE
IVANHOE
THE MONASTERY
THE ABBOT
KENILWORTH
THE PIRATE
THE FORTUNES OF NIGEL
PEVERIL OF THE PEAK
QUENTIN DURWARD
ST. RONAN’S WELL
REDGAUNTLET
THE BETROTHED
THE TALISMAN
WOODSTOCK
THE FAIR MAID OF PERTH
ANNE OF GEIERSTEIN
COUNT ROBERT OF PARIS
CASTLE DANGEROUS

The Shorter Fiction
CHRONICLES OF THE CANONGATE
MY AUNT MARGARET’S MIRROR
THE TAPESTRIED CHAMBER
DEATH OF THE LAIRD’S JOCK.
MISCELLANEOUS SHORT PIECES

The Plays
GOETZ VON BERLICHINGEN
HALIDON HILL
MACDUFF’S CROSS
THE DOOM OF DEVORGOIL
AUCHINDRANE
THE HOUSE OF ASPEN

The Poetry Collections
TRANSLATIONS AND IMITATIONS FROM GERMAN BALLADS
THE MINSTRELSY OF THE SCOTTISH BORDER
THE LAY OF THE LAST MINSTREL
BALLADS AND LYRICAL PIECES
MARMION
THE LADY OF THE LAKE
THE VISION OF DON RODERICK
THE BRIDAL OF TRIERMAIN
ROKEBY
THE FIELD OF WATERLOO
THE LORD OF THE ISLES
HAROLD THE DAUNTLESS
MISCELLANEOUS POEMS

The Poems
LIST OF POEMS IN CHRONOLOGICAL ORDER
LIST OF POEMS IN ALPHABETICAL ORDER

The Non-Fiction
THE LIFE OF JOHN DRYDEN
PAUL’S LETTERS TO HIS KINSFOLK
THE JOURNAL OF SIR WALTER SCOTT
THE LETTERS OF MALACHI MALAGROWTHER
THE LIFE OF NAPOLEON BUONAPARTE
TALES OF A GRANDFATHER
LETTERS ON DEMONOLOGY AND WITCHCRAFT
TRIAL OF DUNCAN TERIG, ALIAS CLERK, AND ALEXANDER BANE MACDONALD
MISCELLANEOUS PROSE WORKS

The Criticism
SIR WALTER SCOTT by William Hazlitt
SIR WALTER SCOTT by Leslie Stephen
THE POEMS OF SIR WALTER SCOTT by Andrew Lang
LETTERS TO DEAD AUTHORS by Andrew Lang
SIR WALTER SCOTT AND THE BORDER MINSTRELSY by Andrew Lang
SIR WALTER SCOTT AS A CRITIC OF LITERATURE by Margaret Ball
SIR WALTER SCOTT: A LECTURE by William Ker
SIR WALTER SCOTT by Henry James
MEMORIES AND PORTRAITS by Robert Louis Stevenson
SCOTT AND HIS PUBLISHERS by Charles Dickens
SIR WALTER SCOTT AND LADY MORGAN by Victor Hugo

The Biographies
SIR WALTER SCOTT by Richard H. Hutton
SIR WALTER SCOTT by George Saintsbury

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The book takes the form of ten letters addressed to Lockhart, the epistolary mode permitting Scott to be both conversational in tone and discursive in method. In these, Scott surveys opinions respecting demonology and witchcraft from the Old Testament period to his own day. As a child of the Enlightenment, he adopts a rigorously rational approach to his subject. Supernatural visions are attributed to 'excited passion', to credulity, or to physical illness. The medieval belief in demons is based on Christian ignorance of other religions, leading to the conviction that the gods of the Muslim or Pagan nations were fiends and their priests conjurers or wizards. In the post-Reformation period, the primitive state of science and predominance of mystical explanations of natural phenomena fed fear of witchcraft. In the late sixteenth and seventeenth centuries, witches were hunted with near-hysterical zeal. Examining Scottish criminal trials for witchcraft, Scott notes that the nature of evidence admissible gave free reign to accusers and left the accused no chance of escape. Prisoners were driven to confess through despair and the desire to avoid future persecution. Scott also observes that trials for witchcraft were increasingly connected with political crimes, just as in Catholic countries accusations of witchcraft and heresy went together. Advances in science and the spread of rational philosophy during the eighteenth century eventually undermined the belief in supernatural phenomena, although pockets of superstition remain. Scott's account is amply illustrated with anecdotes and traditional tales and may be read as an anthology of uncanny stories as much as a philosophical treatise.


THE HEART OF MID-LOTHIAN

BY SIR WALTER SCOTT, BART.

TALES OF MY LANDLORD

COLLECTED AND ARRANGED

BY JEDEDIAH CLEISHBOTHAM,

SCHOOLMASTER AND PARISH CLERK OF GANDERCLEUGH.

Hear, Land o' Cakes and brither Scots,

Frae Maidenkirk to Johnny Groat's,

If there's a hole in a' your coats,

I rede ye tent it;

A chiel's amang you takin' notes,

An' faith he'll prent it!---=Burns.=

Ahora bien, dijo el Cura: traedme, senor hu<e'>sped, aquesos libros, que

los quiero ver. Que me place, respondi<o'> el; y entrando en su aposento, saco

d<e'>l una maletilla vieja cerrada con una cadenilla, y abri<e'>ndola, hall<o'>

en

ella tres libros grandes y unos papeles de muy buena letra escritos de

mano.---=Don Quixote.= Parte I. Capitulo 32.

TO THE BEST OF PATRONS,

A PLEASED AND INDULGENT READER

JEDEDIAH CLEISHBOTHAM

WISHES HEALTH, AND INCREASE, AND CONTENTMENT.

Courteous Reader,

If ingratitude comprehendeth every vice, surely so foul a stain worst

of all beseemeth him whose life has been devoted to instructing youth

in virtue and in humane letters. Therefore have I chosen, in this

prolegomenon, to unload my burden of thanks at thy feet, for the

favour with which thou last kindly entertained the Tales of my

Landlord. Certes, if thou hast chuckled over their factious and

festivous descriptions, or hadst thy mind filled with pleasure at the

strange and pleasant turns of fortune which they record, verily, I

have also simpered when I beheld a second storey with attics, that has

arisen on the basis of my small domicile at Gandercleugh, the walls

having been aforehand pronounced by Deacon Barrow to be capable of

enduring such an elevation. Nor has it been without delectation

that I have endued a new coat (snuff-brown, and with metal buttons),

having all nether garments corresponding thereto. We do therefore

lie, in respect of each other, under a reciprocation of benefits, whereof

those received by me being the most solid (in respect that a new house

and a new coat are better than a new tale and an old song), it is

meet that my gratitude should be expressed with the louder voice and

more preponderating vehemence. And how should it be so expressed?

---Certainly not in words only, but in act and deed. It is with this

sole purpose, and disclaiming all intention of purchasing that pendicle

or poffle of land called the Carlinescroft, lying adjacent to my garden,

and measuring seven acres, three roods, and four perches, that I have

committed to the eyes of those who thought well of the former tomes,

these four additional volumes<*> of the Tales of my Landlord. Not

* [The Heart of Mid-Lothian was originally published in 4 vols.]

the less, if Peter Prayfort be minded to sell the said poffle, it is at

his own choice to say so; and, peradventure, he may meet with a

purchaser: unless (gentle reader) the pleasing pourtraictures of Peter

Pattieson, now given unto thee in particular, and unto the public in

general, shall have lost their favour in thine eyes, whereof I am no

way distrustful. And so much confidence do I repose in thy continued

favour, that, should thy lawful occasions call thee to the town

of Gandercleugh, a place frequented by most at one time or other in

their lives, I will enrich thine eyes with a sight of those precious

manuscripts whence thou hast derived so much delectation, thy nose

with a snuff from my mull, and thy palate with a dram from my

bottle of strong waters, called by the learned of Gandercleugh, the

Dominie's Dribble o' Drink.

It is there, O highly esteemed and beloved reader, thou wilt be able

to bear testimony, through the medium of thine own senses, against

the children of vanity, who have sought to identify thy friend and

servant with I know not what inditer of vain fables; who hath

cumbered the world with his devices, but shrunken from the responsibility

thereof. Truly, this hath been well termed a generation hard

of faith; since what can a man do to assert his property in a printed

tome, saving to put his name in the title-page thereof, with his description,

or designation, as the lawyers term it, and place of abode?

Of a surety I would have such sceptics consider how they themselves

would brook to have their works ascribed to others, their names and

professions imputed as forgeries, and their very existence brought into

question; even although, peradventure, it may be it is of little consequence

to any but themselves, not only whether they are living or dead,

but even whether they ever lived or no. Yet have my maligners carried

their uncharitable censures still farther.
The time which passes over our heads so imperceptibly, makes the same gradual change in habits, manners, and character, as in personal appearance. At the revolution of every five years we find ourselves another, and yet the same—there is a change of views, and no less of the light in which we regard them; a change of motives as well as of actions. Nearly twice that space had glided away over the head of Halbert Glendinning and his lady, betwixt the period of our former narrative, in which they played a distinguished part, and the date at which our present tale commences.

Two circumstances only had imbittered their union, which was otherwise as happy as mutual affection could render it. The first of these was indeed the common calamity of Scotland, being the distracted state of that unhappy country, where every man's sword was directed against his neighbour's bosom. Glendinning had proved what Murray expected of him, a steady friend, strong in battle, and wise in counsel, adhering to him, from motives of gratitude, in situations where by his own unbiassed will he would either have stood neuter, or have joined the opposite party. Hence, when danger was near—and it was seldom far distant—Sir Halbert Glendinning, for he now bore the rank of knighthood, was perpetually summoned to attend his patron on distant expeditions, or on perilous enterprises, or to assist him with his counsel in the doubtful intrigues of a half-barbarous court. He was thus frequently, and for a long space, absent from his castle and from his lady; and to this ground of regret we must add, that their union had not been blessed with children, to occupy the attention of the Lady of Avenel, while she was thus deprived of her husband's domestic society.

On such occasions she lived almost entirely secluded from the world, within the walls of her paternal mansion. Visiting amongst neighbors was a matter entirely out of the question, unless on occasions of solemn festival, and then it was chiefly confined to near kindred. Of these the Lady of Avenel had none who survived, and the dames of the neighbouring barons affected to regard her less as the heiress of the house of Avenel than as the wife of a peasant, the son of a church-vassal, raised up to mushroom eminence by the capricious favour of Murray.

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