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Waverley Novels Series. For nearly a century, they were among the most popular and widely read novels in all of Europe. Because Scott did not publicly acknowledge authorship until , the series takes its name from Waverley, the first novel of the series released in The later books bo… More. Book 1. Waverley by Walter Scott.
For nearly a century, they were among the most popular and widely read novels in all of Europe. Because Scott did not publicly acknowledge authorship until , the series takes its name from Waverley , the first novel of the series released in The later books bore the words "by the author of Waverley " on their title pages. The Tales of my Landlord sub-series was not advertised as "by the author of Waverley " and thus is not always included as part of the Waverley Novels series. The novels were all originally printed by James Ballantyne on the Canongate in Edinburgh. There are two definitive editions. One is the "Magnum Opus", a volume set published between and by Robert Cadell , based on previous editions, with new introductions and notes by Scott.
The Waverley Novels , a series of more than two dozen historical novels published by Sir Walter Scott between and Although the novels were extremely popular and strongly promoted at the time, he did not publicly reveal his authorship of them until Some of the novels were originally published in a four-part series titled Tales of My Landlord. The series influenced generations of writers and earned Scott his reputation as the founder of the historical novel genre. These novels often concern the clash between heroic traditions of the past and practical visions of the future. Waverley , for example, treats the tensions between the Jacobites and the Hanoverians in the midth century, while The Heart of Midlothian addresses the social conflict following the Porteous Riots of over the execution of a smuggler. Scott set his other novels in historical periods dating to the Middle Ages in locales such as England, France, Palestine, and the Orkney Islands.
Published anonymously in as Scott's first venture into prose fiction , it is often regarded as one of the first historical novels in the Western tradition. Edward Waverley, an English gentleman of honour, chooses an occupation in the army at the time just before the Jacobite uprising of on advice of his father. He has an officer's commission. On leave from army training, he visits friends of his family in Scotland, as he is not far from their place. He enjoys their Scottish hospitality. His head is full of the romantic notions of his unstructured education, including much reading, and he is startled to find himself in the midst of loyalists who support the return of the Stuart king, known as Bonnie Prince Charlie to his supporters and as the usurper to his foes. His honour is often challenged as others interfere to push him to the Stuart side, where he is in battle, and he meets two women with whom he falls in love in turn, until he chooses one.