On This Day – 250 Years of Walter Scott

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By Jack Orchard

In a first-time departure from our celebration of 200th anniversaries here on ‘On This Day’, we celebrate the 250th anniversary of the birth of Sir Walter Scott, Dr Anna Fancett explores the formation of his creative identity and imagination, and introduces the Walter Scott 250 programme of events for 2021. See here for Anna’s previous On This Day post on Scott’s 1821 novel, The Pirate.

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Walter Scott is a figure of firsts. Although the longstanding claims that he is the father of the historical novel and the creator of a romanticised view of Scotland have been challenged in recent years,[1] it is undeniable that his oeuvre began a change in literature that snowballed throughout the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, leaving the literary landscape completely altered. This all began with the birth of Walter Scott on the 15th August 1771, two hundred and fifty years ago today.

Walter Scott grew up to become a poet and author who published some of the most popular and influential literary works of the Romantic period. He began publishing in the 1790s with translations of ballads from …read more

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