Scott-land: The Man Who Invented a Nation

Scott-land: The Man Who Invented a Nation

Stuart Kelly / Feb 23, 2020
Scott land The Man Who Invented a Nation His name and image are everywhere from Bank of Scotland fivers to the monument in Edinburgh s city centre yet who reads Walter Scott these days Stuart Kelly explores the enigma of Scott and the dispar
  • Title: Scott-land: The Man Who Invented a Nation
  • Author: Stuart Kelly
  • ISBN: 9781846971075
  • Page: 333
  • Format: Hardcover
  • His name and image are everywhere from Bank of Scotland fivers to the monument in Edinburgh s city centre yet who reads Walter Scott these days Stuart Kelly explores the enigma of Scott and the disparity between his influence and his status, his current standing and his cultural legacy, in a voyage around Scotland.Born in Edinburgh, the ninth child of a lawyer, ScottHis name and image are everywhere from Bank of Scotland fivers to the monument in Edinburgh s city centre yet who reads Walter Scott these days Stuart Kelly explores the enigma of Scott and the disparity between his influence and his status, his current standing and his cultural legacy, in a voyage around Scotland.Born in Edinburgh, the ninth child of a lawyer, Scott trained as a lawyer After the phenomenal success of his novel Waverley 1814 he produced a string of novels, such as Rob Roy, Guy Mannering, Ivanhoe, Old Mortality and The Talisman Scott s writing strongly influenced, among others, Emily Bronte and Alexandre Dumas, although Mark Twain loathed it he named a sinking boat, The Walter Scot in The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn Scott s management of his financial affairs left much to be desired and he was an extravagant spender on his house in Abbotsford and historical artefacts He found himself in debt in 1826 to the tune of 100,000 and attempted to write himself out of it By the time of his death in 1832 he had cleared 70,000.
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      • Stuart Kelly

        Literary critic at The Scotsman on Sunday.

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    1. Walter Scott, author of interminable, antiquated, clich , laughable historical novels, invented the little nation called Scotland Scott s influence extends its tentacles far from the enormous spiracles in Princes Street Gardens, far into the Borders, Highlands, and America This wry, exciting book explores this outrageous legacy, and how Scott s creations have defined two centuries of Scottishness inventions the Scots have used to define their standing in the world, have exploited as a fruitful n [...]


    2. The title of the book tells the story Walter Scott, a lawyer, began writing heroic narrative poems with much success When the market changed, he changed to writing heroic novels, beginning with Waverly The author covers a lot of Scottish history I am of Scottish descent along with Anglo Saxon blood Before Scott, there were 3 countries, each with their own language The Borders with English, the Edinburgh Glasgow area and their Scottish, and the Highlands with Gaelic The author and his readers bro [...]




    3. Scott isn t much read these days, but if you care at all about the novel, about how fiction works, about cultural history, about the entire genre of historical fiction, about Scotland, about the nature of nationalism, about how we imagine the past, then you really have to read and think about Scott Scott didn t really much want to be a novelist he only turned to fiction when he felt his style of poetry had been superseded by writers like Byron, and he never regarded his own accomplishments as a [...]


    4. blurb His name, image and influence can be seen everywhere from Scottish banknotes to place names across the globe Sir Walter Scott invented the modern novel, began Scotland s tourist industry and was the first celebrity author a heady mix of JK Rowling and Dan Brown long before the age of mass media hype Lauded by contemporary critics as well as his massive readership in the 19th century, he s hardly read and even rarely enjoyed today.Stuart Kelly examines the contradictory legacy of Sir Walte [...]


    5. His name, image and influence can be seen everywhere from Scottish banknotes to place names across the globe Sir Walter Scott invented the modern novel, began Scotland s tourist industry and was the first celebrity author a heady mix of JK Rowling and Dan Brown long before the age of mass media hype Lauded by contemporary critics as well as his massive readership in the 19th century, he s hardly read and even rarely enjoyed today.Stuart Kelly examines the contradictory legacy of Sir Walter Scot [...]


    6. This is a perfect bedtime book because it is made up of essays on various themes relating to Scott and the way his novels influenced the way Scotland is viewed and how Scots feel about themselves So you can choose any chapter, depending on how much you want to read For my part, I was delighted by his gently humorous debunking of the entire Waverley genre of literature and enjoyed the author s panorama of Victorian sensibilities Having never climbed up the Scott Monument, I must now make amends a [...]


    7. I thought this was going to be a biography of Scott, but it is a biography of Scotland or of the intersection of Scott and Scotland Totally fascinating I couldn t put it down I am not certain I agree 100% with all that Kelly says, but everything he says is interesting and thought provoking.


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