ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Sir Walter Scott

(1771-1832)


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.


TEXT RECORDS:

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.
1808[Autobiographical Fragment.]
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.

PUBLICATIONS:

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.