The Antiquary by Walter Scott

The Antiquary

byWalter ScottEditorNicola Watson

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'It was early in a fine summer's day, near the end of the eighteenth century, when a young man, of genteel appearance, having occasion to go towards the north-east of Scotland, provided himself with a ticket in one of those public carriages which travel between Edinburgh and theQueensferry...' So begins Scott's personal favourite among his novels, in characteristically wry and urbane style, as a mysterious young man calling himself 'Lovel' travels idly but fatefully toward the Scottish seaside town of Fairport. Here he is befriended by the antiquary Jonathan Oldbuck, who has taken refugefrom his own personal disappointments in the obsessive study of miscellaneous history. Their slow unravelling of Lovel's true identity will unearth and redeem the secrets and lies which have devastated the guilt-haunted Earl of Glenallan, and will reinstate the tottering fortunes of Sir ArthurWardour and his daughter Isabella. First published in 1816 in the aftermath of Waterloo, The Antiquary deals with the problem of how to understand the past so as to enable the future. Set in the tense times of the wars with revolutionary France, it displays Scott's matchless skill at painting the social panorama and in creatingvivid characters, from the earthy beggar Edie Ochiltree to the loqacious and shrewdly humorous Antiquary himself. The text is based on Scott's own final, authorized version, the 'Magnum Opus' edition of 1829.

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Nicola Watson is a Lecturer at the Open University.
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Title:The AntiquaryFormat:PaperbackDimensions:528 pages, 7.72 × 5.08 × 1.2 inPublished:May 23, 2009Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199555710

ISBN - 13:9780199555710

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"The Oxford World's Classics edition of Scott's The Antiquary gives one a chance to taste the great Scotsman for oneself...This edition has very thorough notes and glossary ...it is an interesting and amusing story" --Derwent May, the Times 7/12/02