The Antiquary

The Antiquary

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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 the Queensferry...'

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 refuge from 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 Arthur Wardour 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 creating vivid 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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Product details

  • Paperback | 528 pages
  • 131 x 196 x 31mm | 384g
  • Oxford, United Kingdom
  • English
  • Reissue
  • 0199555710
  • 9780199555710
  • 185,107

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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
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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 *
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About Walter Scott

Sir Walter Scott (1771-1832) war der größte Romanautor seiner Zeit und ist einer der einflussreichsten Schriftsteller der Literaturgeschichte. Schlagartig bekannt wurde der Anwalt aus Edinburgh, der zunächst als Übersetzer (u.a. von Goethe) hervortrat, mit der Versdichtung 'The Lay of the Last Minstrel' (1805). Als Byron ihm als Lyriker den Rang abzulaufen begann, wechselte er ins Prosafach. Praktisch im Alleingang begründete er das Genre des historischen Romans, sein Erstling 'Waverley' (1814) schöpft schon dessen ganzes Potenzial aus: Eingebettet in eine recht konventionelle Fabel, verwickelt er den Helden in die sozialen und politischen Umstände seiner Zeit und macht so die Vergangenheit hautnah erlebbar. Noch erfolgreicher als die von der Kritik geschätzten Bücher über das Schottland des 18. Jahrhunderts waren seine Mittelalter-Romane. Am Ende seiner Laufbahn wandte er sich wieder zeitgenössischen Stoffen zu. In der englischen Romantik, der er europaweit zur Geltung verhalf, nahm er eine Sonderstellung ein. Weder teilte er Byrons und Shelleys Lust am Irrationalen, noch war der Tory und Presbyterianer für die Revolution zu begeistern.
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