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'The Author of Waverly: A Study In the Personality of Sir Walter Scott' by Christina Keith
Robert Hale Ltd. First Edition 1964
Hardcover with dustjacket, 190 pages, illustrated, plates.
In reasonably good original condition, "cancelled" stamp on back endpaper so probably ex-library, all pages clean.

Christina Keith’s provocative biographical study of Sir Walter Scott.

"His biographer Christina Keith sees in Scott a man of enigma, duplicity, amorality, and Bohemianism. She asserts that Lord Byron "probably fitted in to every facet of Scott’s many-sided personality more closely than anyone else Scott ever met."

Not a happy man, but a secretive one, his whole life was marked by his early response to his brothers’ taunting of his lameness:
"The sensitive child who hid all his real feelings from the scorn of his coarser brothers became the man who hid his partnership with the Ballantines from the scorn of the aristocratic legal world. The child who read Shakespeare in secret by firelight became the man who wrote the Waverley Novels in secret and denied their authorship."

From Scott’s lameness, too, came his frustration in young manhood at being unable to go to the French wars - the origin, perhaps, of his great amateur’s interest in warfare. Feelings of inadequacy may well have motivated his creation of that monument of neo-feudal grandeur, Abbotsford. Furthermore, a dark vision of life is revealed by those works which Scott produced under physical or emotional stress - The Bride of Lammermoor (1819), written in the delirium of sickness, the Journal entries made under the pressure of the 1825 bankruptcy; this vision is unlike that of the better known (and more numerous) novels with happy endings. Scott’s lameness, then, quite possibly played a more considerable part in his life than we have been accustomed to think."

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