On This Day: Christmas 1820/2020 special – Walter Scott and The Pirate

By Anna Mercer

It’s a few days ahead of 25th December, we know… but we wanted to share with you this special ‘On This Day’ Christmas post by Dr Anna Fancett so you have time to enjoy it in the lead up to the holiday break. In the post, Fancett explores how an idea delivered to Walter Scott on Christmas day 200 years ago inspired his 1821 novel The Pirate – and also discusses the contemporary reception of the novel.

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A Christmas Letter: Walter Scott and The Pirate

Sir Walter Scott by Raeburn (with added festive hat!)

by Dr Anna Fancett (Sultan Qaboos University)

Of all the things that can be given on Christmas Day, perhaps an idea is the most intriguing. On the 25thDecember 1820, Walter Scott received, not a gift-wrapped parcel but a letter from his publisher, Constable. The letter contained an idea:

‘If you have not already resolved, might I presume to hint at a subject for the next, or for the Succeeding Work? ‘The Bucanier’ is I think un-occupied ground–three of [the] Regicides if I mistake not went to New England after the …read more

Source:: http://www.bars.ac.uk/blog/?p=3454