Laird of Abbotsford
The house built to Sir Walter Scotts plan and where the writer lived from 1812 until his death 20 years later, Abbotsford House, near Melrose, Scottish Borders, Scotland. Photographic Print of The house built to Sir Walter Scotts plan and where from Robert Harding.
Scott: The Laird of Abbotsford
Sir Walter Scott, The Laird of Abbotsford. Despite his prolific
output as a novelist, poet, biographer, historian and anthologist,
Scott only embarked on his literary career in early middle age.
In the face of constant ill-health, and financial and domestic
troubles, he combined the life of a best-selling and influential
author with that of a lawyer, landowner, Border farmer, part-time
soldier and paterfamilias. A.N. Wilson makes clear that Scott's
genius, humaneness and qualities of stoicism and sympathy were
as apparent in his life as in his work. Few writers can have
been so likeable and unpretentious, and Scott has always been
a popular subject with biographers. Wilson looks back through
the indifference which has surrounded Scott in recent times,
and the distortions of his Victorian idolaters, to recapture
the freshness of Scott as he appeared to his contemporaries.
Walter Scott's influence was felt not only in the field of literature,
but also in the worlds of art, architecture, opera and domestic
manners, and by figures as diverse as Byron and Queen Victoria,
Dickens and Donizetti, Pugin and Victor Hugo.
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