Sir Walter Scott, Scottish novelist, poet and historian,

Sir Walter Scott, Scottish novelist, poet and historian,

was born on 15th August, 1771, in Edinburgh.

Scott’s novels and poetry are considered classics of both English-language literature and of Scottish literature. He created and popularised historical novels in his series called the Waverley Novels. Scott was the most successful writer of his time. Not only did he sell more books, but he was the author most generally admired throughout the nineteenth century, but this popularity declined during the twentieth century.

His best known works include Ivanhoe, Rob Roy, The Lady of the Lake, Marmion, Waverley, The Heart of Midlothian and The Bride of Lammermoor.

Scott received his title and baronetcy from King George IV in 1820. He died, Sir Walter Scott, in 1832.

The State Library of New South Wales holds many early editions of Scott’s works, including this selection of illustrated editions.

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