Guy Mannering

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Penguin, Apr 29, 2003 - Fiction - 459 pages
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On the auspicious night that Guy Mannering is shown to the house of the Bertrams of Ellengowan, the Bertrams' heir is born, and Mannering, a skeptical astrologer, predicts the child's future. Five years later the prophecy is fulfilled, and the heir, Harry Bertram, becomes the center of a plot to rob the boy of his inheritance. Harry's subsequent struggles are set against a backdrop of chaos and upheaval in a socially fragmented Scotland where everyone, from landowners to gypsies, is searching for their rightful place.

 

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User Review  - ritaer - LibraryThing

Not the adventuresome type of novel one usually associates with Scott, the era of castles and pitched battles is long past and the hero is bedeviled by smugglers and gypsies rather than religious fanatics or enemy knights. I enjoyed it. Read full review

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The setting is the latter 18th century (post- '45). Mannering, an Oxford student, arrives in Scotland. He has been expertly tutored in astrology, a subject in which he only half believes. He is given ... Read full review

Contents

ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS
vi
THE WAVERLEY NOVELS IN PENGUIN
viii
INTRODUCTION
xi
CHRONOLOGY OF WALTER SCOTT
xxviii
FURTHER READING
xxxvii
A NOTE ON THE TEXT
xl
GUY MANNERING
3
OR THE ASTROLOGER VOLUME II
117
OR THE ASTROLOGER VOLUME III
237
HISTORICAL NOTE
356
EXPLANATORY NOTES
372
GLOSSARY
439
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Sir Walter Scott was born in Edinburgh in 1771. Educated for the law, he obtained the office of sheriff-depute of Selkirkshire in 1799 and in 1806 the office of clerk of session, a post whose duties he fulfilled for some twenty-five years. His lifelong interest in Scottish antiquity and the ballads which recorded Scottish history led him to try his hand at narrative poems of adventure and action. The Lay of the Last Minstrel (1805), Marmion (1808), and The Lady of the Lake (1810) made his reputation as one of the leading poets of his time. A novel, Waverley, which he had begun in 1805, was published anonymously in 1814. Subsequent novels appeared with the note "by the author of Waverley"; hence his novels often are called collectively "the Waverley novels." Some of the most famous of these are Old Mortality (1816), Rob Roy (1817), Ivanhoe (1819), Kenilworth (1821), and Quentin Durward (1823). In recognition of his literary work Scott was made a baronet in 1819. During his last years he held various official positions and published biographies, editions of Swift and Dryden, tales, lyric poetry, and various studies of history and antiquity. He died in 1832.

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