1818 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Sir Walter Scott

Anonymous, in "Literary Notices" Virginia Evangelical and Literary Magazine 1 (April 1818) 96.



The Tales of my Landlord, have given great offence to many in Scotland. We have seen several sharp animadversions on the Author. And indeed it will not be easy to free him from the charge of having violated the truth of history, in the character both of Claverhouse, and the Covenanters.

Rob Roy, so long called for by the public, may be expected on sale shortly.

Whether the historical novels of the present day, are not calculated to do serious mischief is a matter which deserves enquiry. We are, by no means, sure of their beneficial tendency.