The Fair Maid of Perth (Edinburgh Edition of the Waverley Novels) (Hardcover)

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By Walter Scott, Andrew Hook (Editor), D. MacKenzie (Editor)
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The Fair Maid of Perth centres on the merchant classes of Perth in the fourteenth century, and their commitment to the pacific values of trade, in a bloody and brutal era in which no right to life is recognised, and in which the Scottish nobles fight for control of the weak Scottish monarchy, and clans are prepared to extinguish each other to gain supremacy in the central Highlands. It is a remarkable novel, in part because late in his career Scott has a new subject, and in part because he employs a spare narrative style that is without parallel in the rest of his oeuvre. Far too many critics, from his son-in-law J.G. Lockhart to the present day, have written off late Scott, and seen his last works as evidence of failing powers. The readers of this edition of The Fair Maid of Perth will see that these critics are mistaken, for in it we witness a luminous creative intelligence working at high pressure to produce a tightly organised and deeply moving novel.

About the Author

Sir Walter Scott, was a Scottish historical novelist, playwright and poet. Many of his works remain classics and include Ivanhoe, Rob Roy, Waverley, The Heart of Midlothian and The Bride of Lammermoor. Andrew Hook is Emeritus Bradley Professor of English Literature at the University of Glasgow.

Product Details
ISBN: 9780748605859
ISBN-10: 0748605851
Publisher: Edinburgh University Press
Publication Date: October 20th, 1999
Pages: 532
Language: English
Series: Edinburgh Edition of the Waverley Novels