The son of a lawyer, Walter Scott was educated at Edinburgh High School and at the university; he was called to the bar in 1792. He began his literary career as a collector of ballads; his Minstrelsy of the Scottish Border was published in 1802-03, to be followed by his best-selling poems and even more successful novels, the latter published anonymously. In 1813 Scott declined the laureateship, recommending Robert Southey. He was created a baronet in 1820. His financial difficulties began in 1826 with the bankruptcy of his publishing concern; Scott was able to pay off his creditors though the burden of additional writing is thought to have shortened his life.
1805Review of Todd's Poetical Works of Edmund Spenser.
1805The Lay of the Last Minstrel.
1805The Lay of the Last Minstrel: Canto II.
1805The Lay of the Last Minstrel: Canto III.
1805The Lay of the Last Minstrel: Canto IV.
1805The Lay of the Last Minstrel: Canto V.
1805The Lay of the Last Minstrel: Canto VI.
1805The Lay of the Last Minstrel: Fitztraver's Song.
1808Marmion: Introduction to Canto I.
1808Marmion: Introduction to Canto V.
1810The Lady of the Lake; a Poem.
1811The Vision of Don Roderick; a Poem.
1813Rokeby: A Poem.
1814Waverley: More of the Manor House and its Environs.
1815The Field of Waterloo.
1815The Lord of the Isles; a Poem.
1817Harold the Dauntless: Introduction.
1817The Search after Happiness; or the Quest of Sultaun Solimaun. (In imitation of Byron).
1818[Rob Roy: Fragment from Orlando Furioso.]
1830Review of Robert Southey's edition of Pilgrim's Progress.
The chase, and William and Helen: two ballads from the German. 1796.
Goetz of Berlichingen, with the iron hand: a tragedy, translated. 1799.
The eve of Saint John: a Border ballad. 1800.
Minstrelsy of the Scottish border [ed. Scott]. 2 vols, 1802.
The lay of the last minstrel. 1805.
Ballads and lyrical pieces. 1806.
Works. 6 vols, 1806.
Marmion: a tale of Flodden Field. 1808.
John Dryden, Works [ed. Scott]. 18 vols, 1808.
Anna Seward, Poetical works [ed. Scott]. 3 vols, 1810.
English minstrelsy [ed. Scott]. 2 vols, 1810.
The lady of the lake: a poem. 1810.
The vision of Don Roderick: a poem. 1811.
Works. 8 vols, 1812.
Rokeby: a poem. 1813.
The bridal of Triermain. 1813.
Jonathan Swift, Works [ed. Scott]. 19 vols, 1814.
Waverley. 3 vols, 1814.
Guy Mannering. 3 vols, 1815.
The Lord of the Isles: a poem. 1815.
The field of Waterloo: a poem. 1815.
The antiquary. 3 vols, 1816.
Paul's letters to his kinsfolk. 1816.
Tales of my landlord. 4 vols, 1816.
Harold the Dauntless: a poem. 1817.
Rob Roy. 3 vols, 1818.
Tales of my landlord: second series. 4 vols, 1818.
Tales of my landlord: third series. 4 vols, 1819.
Ivanhoe: a romance. 3 vols, 1820.
The monastery: a romance. 3 vols, 1820.
Poetical works. 12 vols, 1820.
The abbot. 3 vols, 1821.
Ballantyne's novelist's library [ed. Scott]. 10 vols, 1821-24.
Kenilworth: a romance. 3 vols, 1821.
The pirate. 3 vols, 1822.
The fortunes of Nigel. 3 vols, 1822.
Halidon Hill: a dramatic sketch. 1822.
Peveril of the Peak. 4 vols, 1822.
MacDuff's Cross: a drama. 1823.
Quentin Durward. 3 vols, 1823.
St Ronan's Well. 3 vols, 1824.
Redgauntlet: a tale of the eighteenth century. 3 vols, 1824.
Tales of the Crusaders. 4 vols, 1825.
Woodstock: or the cavalier. 3 vols, 1826.
Chronicles of the Canongate. 2 vols, 1827.
Chronicles of the Canongate, second series. 3 vols, 1828.
My aunt Margaret's mirror. 1829.
Anne of Geierstein: or the maiden of the mist. 3 vols, 1829.
The house of Aspen: a tragedy. 1830.
The doom of Devorgoil: a melo-drama. 1830.
Tales of my landlord, fourth series. 4 vols, 1832.
Poetical works, ed. J. G. Lockhart. 12 vols, 1833-34.
Miscellaneous prose works, ed. J. G. Lockhart. 28 vols, 1834-36, 1871.
Poetical works, ed. J. Logie Robertson. 1904.
Letters, ed. H. J. C. Grierson. 12 vols, 1932-37.
Journal, ed. J. G. Tait. 1939-46.
Scott on himself: a collection of the autobiographical writings, ed. David Hewitt. 1981.