Book review: Walter Scott, The Siege of Malta and Bizarro, edited by J. H. Alexander, Judy King, and Graham Tulloch (2008)

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Title: Book review: Walter Scott, The Siege of Malta and Bizarro, edited by J. H. Alexander, Judy King, and Graham Tulloch (2008)
Other Titles: Review of the Edinburgh Edition of Walter Scott's 'The Siege of Malta and Bizarro'
Authors: Fermanis, Porscha
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Date: Oct-2009
Online since: 2019-12-10T14:53:20Z
Abstract: Visiting Sir Walter Scott at J. G. Lockhart’s house in London just before Scott’s final voyage to Malta and Italy in 1831, the Irish poet Thomas Moore reflected sadly in his journal on Scott’s series of debilitating strokes and was more than once ‘painfully struck by the utter vacancy of his look’. Moore claimed that the Lockharts’ ‘great object in sending [Scott] abroad’ was ‘to disengage his mind from the strong wish to write by which he is haunted—continually making efforts to produce something, without being able to bring his mind collectedly to bear upon it’. While the extent of Scott’s vacancy and lack of intellectual consistency is perhaps overstated here—indeed, he is described as being more receptive and convivial during two further visits by Moore—his final two incomplete works written in 1831–32 while convalescing abroad, The Siege of Malta and Bizarro, both bear the imprint of his illness and present a different set of challenges from those facing the editors of the Edinburgh Edition of the Waverley Novels.
Type of material: Review
Publisher: Cardiff University Press
Journal: Romantic Textualities: Literature and Print Culture, 1780-1840
Issue: 19
Start page: 83
End page: 86
Keywords: Textual variationsUnfinished works
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Language: en
Status of Item: Peer reviewed
Appears in Collections:English, Drama & Film Research Collection

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