Description - A Life Of Walter Scott by A. N. Wilson
A.N. Wilson's sublte, entertaining and frequently provocative critical biography looks back through the indifference which has surrounded Walter Scott in this century, and the distortions of his Victorian idolaters, to recapture the freshness of Scott as he appeared to his contemporaries. espite his staggering output as a novelist, poet, biographer, historian and anthologist - not to mention his copious letters, and the celebrated journal - Scott only embarked on his literary career in early middle ages. In the face of constant ill-health, and financial and domestic troubles, he successfully combined the life of a bestselling, much-loved and enormously influential author with that of a lawyer, landowner, Border farmer, part-time soldier and paterfamilias. .N. Wilson makes clear that Scott's genius, his humaneness, and his splendid qualities of stoicism and sympathy were as apparent in his life as in his work. Few writers can have been so likeable and so unpretentious, and it is hardly surprising that Scott has always been a popular subject with biographers. Yet most modern critics have tried to divorce the life from the work, or to minimise his reputation by suggesting that
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Author Biography - A. N. Wilson
A. N. Wilson was born in 1950 and educated at Rugby and New College, Oxford. A fellow of the Royal Society of Literature, he has held a prominent position in the world of letters and has been Literary Editor of both the Evening Standard and the Spectator. An award-winning biographer, he has written lives of Sir Walter Scott (John Llewellyn Rhys Prize), Tolstoy (Whitbread Award for Biography), C. S. Lewis and Hilaire Belloc. In 1992 he caused a sensation with his bestselling Jesus and this he followed with his equally controversial Paul - also available in Pimlico. He lives in North London.