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Title: Book - "The Poetical Works of Sir Walter Scott"
Identifier: 979.6.1388
Donor: Geoffrey Sayers
Item Date: 1909
Creation Date: 2011
Location: Benares Historic House

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Description: A book entitled "The Poetical Works of Sir Walter Scott", edited by J. Logie Robertson, M.A.. The book is made of green leather with gold lettering with 'Scott' on the proper right hand corner and the initials 'W S' on the bottom proper left hand corner. The pages are lined with gold. It was published by Oxford University Press, London, in 1909. There is a green ribbon for a bookmark.

Sir Walter Scott was born on August 15, 1771 in Edinburgh, Scotland. Scott created and popularized historical novels in a series called the Waverley Novels. Scott's work shows the influence of the 18th century enlightenment. He believed every human was basically decent regardless of class, religion, politics, or ancestry. Tolerance is a major theme in his historical works.
After Scott founded a printing press he began to publish his poetry. Poems such as "The Lay of the Last Minstrel" and "The Lady of the Lake" brought him fame. Portions of the German translation of his work were later set to music by Franz Schubert. One of these songs, "Ellen's dritter Gesang", is popularly labelled as "Schubert's Ave Maria". Another work from this time period, "Marmion" produced one of his most quoted lines. From Canto VI. Stanza 17: "Oh! What a tangled web we weave, When first we practice to deceive!"
Scott's amiability, generosity, and modesty made him popular with his contemporaries. He was also famous for entertaining on a grand scale at his Scottish estate, Abbotsford. and
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