The Heart of Mid-Lothian   -     By: Sir Walter Scott, Tony Inglis
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The Heart of Mid-Lothian

Penguin Books / 1994 / Paperback

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Early in 1817 Scott received in an unsigned letter the seed of The Heart of Mid-Lothian and began immediately to shape from historical fact the story of Jeanie Deans, a dairymaid who, while refusing to lie to save her sister's life, journeys to London to beg for a reprieve. Set in the 1730s in a Scotland uneasily united with England, the novel dramatizes different kinds of justice, that meted out by the Edinburgh mob in the lynching of one Captain Porteous, and that encountered by a young girl on trial for infanticide.
A bestseller from Philadelphia to St. Petersburg, an inspiration to succeeding novelists from Balzac to George Eliot, The Heart of Mid-Lothian is the seventh and finest of Scott's 'Waverley' novels. This edition, based on the first edition of 1818, incorporates many new corrections from the manuscript and from other sources. Tony Inglis prodives a full introduction to the historical background, and to the novel's rich use of language and dialect, its themes and narrative modes.

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 793
Vendor: Penguin Books
Publication Date: 1994
Dimensions: 7.77 X 5.08 X 1.37 (inches)
ISBN: 0140431292
ISBN-13: 9780140431292
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Jeanie Deans, a dairymaid, decides she must walk to London to gain an audience with the Queen. Her sister is to be executed for infanticide and, while refusing to lie to help her case, Jeanie is desperate for a reprieve. Set in the 1730s in a Scotland uneasily united with England, The Heart of Mid-Lothian dramatizes different kinds of justice - that meted out by the Edinburgh mob in the lynching of Captain Porteous, and that encountered by a terrified young girl suspected of killing her baby. Based on an anonymous letter Scot received in 1817, this is the seventh and finest of Scott's 'Waverley' novels. It was an international bestseller and inspired succeeding novelists from Balzac to George Eliot.

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Edited with an introduction and notes by Tony Inglis

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