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Excerpt from Masters of Literature: Scott IF posterity were to alter its verdict on the woik of Walter Scott, and condemn Marmion and Waverley and The Heart ofjllz'dlot/zz'an to Oblivion, the man himself would still be one of the most interesting figures in the history of literature. For his life, as written by his son-in-law Lockhart, forms one of the few masterpieces of biography in English. It has nothing in common with Boswell's Lgfe 0f in style or method; but it gives a picture as full, as intimate, and as attractive as Boswell's portrait of his hero. There are probably no other English Men of Letters of whom we have the same full knowledge that we have of these two. And in Scott's case the Life is supplemented by four volumes of his letters, and still more valuably by his Diary which he kept during the most critical and tragic part of his career. There are controversies about details of his life, and affection for the man has probably unduly in uenced opinion with regard to his share in the respon sibility for his firm's bankruptcy. But we may say of Scott, as we may say of very few men, that he is really known to us, and ourjudgment on his life and writings may be founded on full information. About the Publisher Forgotten Books publishes hundreds of thousands of rare and classic books. Find more at This book is a reproduction of an important historical work. Forgotten Books uses state-of-the-art technology to digitally reconstruct the work, preserving the original format whilst repairing imperfections present in the aged copy. In rare cases, an imperfection in the original, such as a blemish or missing page, may be replicated in our edition. We do, however, repair the vast majority of imperfections successfully; any imperfections that remain are intentionally left to preserve the state of such historical works."
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