Sir Walter Scott

(1771-1832 / Edinburgh / Scotland)

Sir Walter Scott
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Walter Scott, born in College Wynd, Edinburgh, was the son of a lawyer. Educated first at Edinburgh High School and then University he was apprenticed to his father and called to the bar in 1792. An avid reader of poetry, history, drama and romances, the young Scott read widely in Italian, Spanish, Latin and German. In his twenties he was influenced particularly by the German Romantics and his first published works were translations of G.A. Bürger and Goethe. These were followed by the collections of border ballads and the narrative poems, written between 1805 and 1815, that first made him famous. By by this time he had also married Margaret Charlotte Charpenter, of a French Royalist family,... more »

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  • ''There is a vulgar incredulity, which in historical matters, as well as in those of religion, finds it easier to doubt than to examine.''
    Sir Walter Scott (1771-1832), Scottish novelist, poet. The Fair Maid of Perth, introduction (1828).
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  • Rookie - 0 Points Will Philip (1/24/2012 2:51:00 PM)

    I have written a Poem in celebration of Sir Walter Scott, called Lift Off.
    A stone rocket sits on Princes st, it hasn't moved for years.
    Its fuel used up many years ago, in the writing of great man who sits beneath it.Taking us all on a journey, fixed both in history and in the work of the readers and writers who followed. It has reached its destination.Imagination, set in stone, for all to see.

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