Review of the Edinburgh Edition of Walter Scott's 'Peveril of the Peak'

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Title: Review of the Edinburgh Edition of Walter Scott's 'Peveril of the Peak'
Authors: Fermanis, Porscha
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Date: Oct-2009
Online since: 2019-12-11T10:06:43Z
Abstract: Peveril of the Peak has never been regarded as one of Walter Scott’s greatest novels and its relative failure to achieve critical success is often attributed to the ‘over-production and money-spinning’ that many see as characteristic of his writing in the 1820s. In the ‘Historical Note’ to the current edition, Alison Lumsden puts this judgement in context: while 1821–23 marked a period of phenomenal output for Scott, she emphasises the extent to which he was in command of his historical material, despite his denial of any attempt at strict historical veracity in the ‘Prefatory Letter’ to the work. Scott’s novels may have been written quickly and under commercial pressure, but their characters, themes, and contexts usually evolved more slowly over extended periods of time. As Lumsden points out, Scott had long been interested in the seventeenth century, and had already treated the Civil War in a Scottish context in Old Mortality (1816) and The Heart of Mid-Lothian (1818), as well as coming across relevant material in his editions of Dryden (1808), Somers’ Tracts (1809–14), and Anthony Hamilton’s Memoirs of Count Grammont (1811). It was, or so it seems, only a matter of time before he turned his attention to the period in an English context.
Type of material: Review
Publisher: Centre for Editorial and Intertextual Research, Cardiff University
Journal: Romantic Textualities: Literature and Print Culture, 1780-1840
Issue: 19
Start page: 81
End page: 83
Keywords: Textual studiesEditorial work
Subject LCSH: Scott, Walter, 1771-1832
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Language: en
Status of Item: Peer reviewed
Appears in Collections:English, Drama & Film Research Collection

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