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The Fair Maid of Perth by Sir Walter Scott
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Find out what Scott really wrote going back to the original manuscripts, a team of scholars has uncovered what Scott originally wrote and intended his public to read before errors, misreadings and expurgations crept in during production. The Fair Maid of Perth centres on the merchant classesof Perth in the fourteenth century, and their commitment to the pacific values of trade, in a bloody and brutal era in which no right to life is recognised, in which the Scottish nobles fight for control of the weak Scottish monarchy, and clans are prepared to extinguish each other to gain supremacyin the central Highlands. It is a remarkable novel, in part because late in his career Scott has a new subject, and in part because he employs a spare narrative style that is without parallel in the rest of his oeuvre. Far too many critics, from his son-in-law J.G. Lockhart to the present day, have written off late Scott,and seen his last works as evidence of failing powers. Readers of the Edinburgh Edition of The Fair Maid of Perth will see that these critics are mistaken, for in it we witness a luminous creative intelligence working at high pressure to produce a tightly organised and deeply moving novel.… (more)

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I read this long ago and still recall the grim old clansman saying "another for Hector" as his sons go in to die one after the other in defense of their unworthy chief. At least, I think that's the way it was. I do know it was about an incident in which the Scottish king tried to settle a feud by a combat of a fixed number (30?) on a side between 2 clans ( )
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Scott, Sir Walterprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Grot Johann, P.Illustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Henkel, RichardContributorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Kaeseberg, HugoContributorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Springer, RobertTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Tschischwitz, BennoEditorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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Among all the provinces in Scotland, if an intelligent stranger were asked to describe the most varied and the most beautiful, it is probable he would name the county of Perth.
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Walter Scott's "Chronicles Of The Canongate: Second Series" or "Second Set" is the same work as "The Fair Maid of Perth". The first set/series of "Chronicles Of The Canongate" contains "The Highland Widow", "The Two Drovers", and "The Surgeon's Daughter". Thus, the complete Chronicles of the Cannongate contains "The Highland Widow", "The Two Drovers", "The Surgeon's Daughter", and "The Fair Maid of Perth".
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