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St. Ronan's Well Paperback – October 1, 2001

ISBN-13: 978-1589635722 ISBN-10: 1589635728

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 468 pages
  • Publisher: Fredonia Books (NL) (October 1, 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1589635728
  • ISBN-13: 978-1589635722
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 5.1 x 1.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #12,367,567 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The Edinburgh Edition respects Scott the artist by 'restoring' versions of the novels that are not quite what his first readers saw. Indeed, it returns to manuscripts that the printers never handled, as Scott's fiction before 1827 was transcribed before it reached the printshop. Each volume of the Edinburgh edition presents an uncluttered text of one work, followed by an Essay on the Text by the editor of the work, a list of the emendations that have been made to the first edition, explanatory notes and a glossary! The editorial essays are histories of the respective texts. Some of them are almost 100 pages long; when they are put together they constitute a fascinating and lucid account of Scott's methods of composition and his financial manoeuvres. This edition is for anyone who takes Scott seriously. The Edinburgh Edition respects Scott the artist by 'restoring' versions of the novels that are not quite what his first readers saw. Indeed, it returns to manuscripts that the printers never handled, as Scott's fiction before 1827 was transcribed before it reached the printshop. Each volume of the Edinburgh edition presents an uncluttered text of one work, followed by an Essay on the Text by the editor of the work, a list of the emendations that have been made to the first edition, explanatory notes and a glossary! The editorial essays are histories of the respective texts. Some of them are almost 100 pages long; when they are put together they constitute a fascinating and lucid account of Scott's methods of composition and his financial manoeuvres. This edition is for anyone who takes Scott seriously. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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Mark Weinstein is Professor of English Literature at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas.
--This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By T. Patrick Killough on October 31, 2007
Format: Paperback
NOTE: The "Saint" in SAINT RONAN'S WELL is usually, but not always, abbreviated to "St." in printed book titles. In searching amazon.com ST. RONAN'S WELL produces many hits, SAINT RONAN'S WELL very few. END NOTE.

Sir Walter Scott wrote a famous Introduction to his 1823 novel SAINT RONAN'S WELL. In it he describes the novel as "light literature." It follows "a plan different from any other that the Author has ever written."

What is so different? SAINT RONAN'S WELL is not historical in the way IVANHOE, QUENTIN DURWARD and even WAVERLEY are. These are historical in that Scott, father of the historical novel genre, had to rely entirely on reading and research for the romances farthest back in time, while for the more recent settings prior to SAINT RONAN'S WELL he could flesh out printed records with boyhood recollections of tales told him by very old men who had been active in the "risings" of 1715 and 1745.

SAINT RONAN'S WELL, by contrast, is set in Scott's own lifetime and draws on his own experiences at many country inns in Scotland and at some spas built around healing waters. The novel is set in Sir Walter's own mid-life time and is almost entirely detached from the great events of England's struggle with Napoleon.

The Wizard of the North clearly found it a relief not to have to portray accurately in a work of fiction greats of history such as Mary Queen of Scots, Saladin, Richard the Lion Heart and Bonnie Prince Charlie. Sir Walter is conscious that he is invading a genre of novel hitherto the province of perceptive ladies such as Jane Austen. All his characters are make believe. And he shapes them lovingly and memorably.

The time is summer and autumn sometime before 1815.
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By Katie Prestwich on July 14, 2014
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This was a good story, and I loved reading it, but didn't like the end, otherwise I would have given it 4 stars. Like The Bride of Lammermoor, in the end of this book Scott tends toward the melodramatic, which I'm not a fan of.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Experience on August 6, 2013
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Scott aptly portrayed rural human nature in a manner that could have been set as fittingly in central,New York state of the 1970s. An interesting psychodrama.
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