Walter Scott: Ivanhoe

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  • Sharon Anne Ragaz (Independent Scholar - Europe)

The name of Ivanhoe still carries a whiff of the magic it had for nineteenth century readers for whom it was perhaps the most celebrated of all Walter Scott's novels. In terms of composition, it immediately followed Scott's Tales of My Landlord, Third Series (1819). All of Scott's novels were published anonymously, or, rather pseudonymously with authorship being variously assigned to 'the Author of Waverley' and fictional editors. Before Ivanhoe, they had also all treated of Scottish history and Scottish locales. For Ivanhoe, Scott and his publishers decided on a major change: the novel would be about English history and would be introduced by a new fictional editor, Lawrence Templeton. Moreover, the s…

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Ragaz, Sharon Anne. "Ivanhoe". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 17 March 2008
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