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Description - The Heart of Midlothian by Sir Walter Scott

The "Heart of Midlothian" is precisely focused on the trials for the murder of John Porteous and Effie Deans in 1736 and 1737. Yet it is Scott's only chronicle, spanning the 80 years of the life of David Deans, whose death takes place in 1751. It is the most complex of all Scott's narratives. It is also the most challenging in that it raises in an acute fashion the problem of a judicial system that does not produce justice, and places it within not just the immediate political context, but within history as represented by the life of Deans, and the justice of Providence as perceived by his daughter Jeanie, the greatest of Scott's heroines.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780748605705
ISBN-10: 0748605703
Format: Hardback
(216mm x 138mm x 22mm)
Pages: 792
Imprint: Edinburgh University Press
Publisher: Edinburgh University Press
Publish Date: 29-Mar-2004
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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Author Biography - Sir Walter Scott

Alison Lumsden is a senior lecturer in the School of Language & Literature at the University of Aberdeen and co-director of the Walter Scott Research Centre. She was for many years research fellow and then General Editor for the Edinburgh Edition of the Waverley Novels and has published on several Scottish authors including Robert Louis Stevenson, Nan Shepherd and Louis Grassic Gibbon. She is about to begin work on a scholarly edition of Scott's poetry.

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