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Memoirs of the Life of Sir Walter Scott, Bart. (1837) Volume 7
 
By Lockhart, John Gibson
ISBN 1849211876
SERIES Scottelanea
Paperback  504 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 7 of a new reprint of that Seven Volume edition. By the time of its appearance, comment on the earlier volumes was being received by Lockhart - who responds to the criticism and defends his strategy of exploring Scott's life and character in great detail. 'I conceive it to be probable that ( ... ) the student of history, and especially of manners, would not be sorry to have access to him "in his habit as he lived".' The account opens in late 1826 with the 55-year-old Scott feeling his age and resenting time not spent writing. Yet, despite increasing ill-health, the years that follow contain a full and now familiar mix of publishing, professional and political life, correspondence, excursions in Britain and Europe, and reflections on the events of the day. The story of Scott's last journey back to Abbotsford is followed by Lockhart's Conclusion, A List of Publications and and Index of Names (covering all volumes). 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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