Kennedy and Boyd

Memoirs of the Life of Sir Walter Scott, Bart. (1837) Volume 4
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By Lockhart, John Gibson
ISBN 1849211841
SERIES Scottelanea
Paperback  392 pages
Published 19 July 2013
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The Scottish writer and editor, John Gibson Lockhart, published his first full attempt at a biography of his late father-in-law in 1837.This is Volume 4 of a new reprint of that Seven Volume edition. It opens in 1816, a year recorded mainly by the appearance of nine successive volumes of work and the start of building at Abbotsford, and ends in 1820 with Scott's Baronetcy being conferred by George IV, and his works 'the daily food not only of his countrymen, but of all educated Europe'. In between, there is personal illness and family afflictions, business dealings with Constable involving the transfer of Copyrights, Political Alarms, and much more - even a chapter devoted to Dinners in Edinburgh society. Published simultaneously with this reprint is a volume bringing together the 1838 publication Refutation of the Mistatements and Calumnies contained in Mr Lockhart’s Life of Sir Walter Scott, Bart respecting The Messrs Ballantyne, Lockhart’s response to ‘The Ballantyne-Humbug’ and the Ballantyne Trust’s subsequent retort.

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