Immediate and immensely readable, this masterful account is at the same time a work of major biographical scholarship. John Sutherland penetrates into the darker areas of Scott's life in a sceptical (yet sympathetic) spirit, bringing the massive oeuvre and the chronicle of the life into manageable proportions, one illumining the other. Scott - the 'Great Unknown' - has always presented challenges to the biographer. Layers of myth continue to protect him from posterity. There is also the sheer size of Scott's achievements as poet, novelist, man of letters, and self-made Laird of Abbotsford. Sutherland justifies Scott as a writer to be read and understand today as much as in his heyday in the nineteenth century.
"A critical study of Scott might be something to approach with trepidation, but Sutherland surprises in a lively, zestful and witty study." David McVey, The Guardian
Abbreviations Used in the Text.
1. Scott Among the Scotts (1771-1783).
2. Student and Apprentice (1783-1790).
3. Getting Forward (1790-1797).
4. The Minstrelsy of the Scottish Border (1798-1802).
5. Ashestiel and The Lay of the Last Minstrel (1802-1805).
6. The Scott Brothers and Marmion (1806-1809).
7. The Complete Author (1809-1811).
8. Abbotsford and Waverley (1811-1814).
9. Guy Mannering to The Antiquary (1814-1816).
10.'Tales of my Landlord' to The Heart of Midlothian (1816-1818).
11. The Bride of Lammermoor to The Abbot (1818-1820).
12. The Tory Grandee (1820-1822).
13. The Royal Visit and Redgauntlet (1822-1823).
14. The Crash (1824-1826).
15. Working for the Creditors (1826-1827).
16. The 'Magnum Opus' (1828-1829).
17. The Last Years (1830-1832).
Appendix Map: Scott and the Borders.
Series: Blackwell Critical Biographies (Paperback)
Number Of Pages: 408
Published: 1st December 1997
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 23.14 x 15.37 x 2.57
Weight (kg): 0.6
Edition Number: 1