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The Lady of the Lake Paperback – April 24, 2012

ISBN-13: 978-1475041613 ISBN-10: 1475041616

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 212 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (April 24, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1475041616
  • ISBN-13: 978-1475041613
  • Product Dimensions: 8.4 x 5.8 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 2.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,543,964 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Wildly successful with readers and critics on both sides of the Atlantic when it was first published in 1810, this is Scott's renowned romantic poem about love and honor amidst a bitter rivalry between King James V and the powerful Douglas clan of the Scottish Highlands.

This revised edition, published in 1899, features an extensive introduction that places Scott and his writings in historical and literary context, as well as explanatory notes, study guides, and suggested selections for class or book-group readings. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.


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The free version was all notes with no poem.
NWReader
Yes, a poem can still be read when written in prose form, but it is much more difficult plus it just doesn't have the same look and feel.
M. Brown
Christy gives Scott's heroic characters great weight within exquisitely detailed environments.
Theseus

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21 of 23 people found the following review helpful By T. Patrick Killough on November 21, 2007
Format: Paperback
INTRODUCTORY SYNOPSIS: The hero of THE LADY OF THE LAKE is James Stewart. To Ellen Douglas, the Lady of the Lake, he calls himself James Fitz-James and The Knight of Snowdoun. When, on a second visit, she declines his invitation to come with him to Stirling and become either James's wife (her interpretation) or his mistress (James's intent), the kind-hearted amourist proves a good loser and gives Ellen a ring to admit her instantly to his chum King James V should she ever need help. At poem's end, Ellen comes to Stirling to plead for both her imprisoned father, Lord James Douglas, onetime mentor of the youthful monarch, and for her lover Malcolm Graeme, a ward of the king. James Fitz-James keeps Ellen in suspense as he leads her in to present her to the King. But where is the King, Ellen wonders, as she looks about? Why is everyone focused on her escort?

"To him each lady's look was lent,
On him each courtier's eye was bent;
'Midst furs and silks and jewels sheen,
He stood, in simple Lincoln green,
The centre of the glittering ring, --
And Snowdoun's Knight is Scotland's King." (Canto VI, Stanza xxvi)

The playful king soon reveals that her father and he have made peace. His ward, Malcolm Graeme, had offered the Douglas shelter despite the King's general loathing of the clan which had held him virtual captive during his boyhood. Will Ellen not plead for him? No? Then he must be chained.

"His chain of gold the King unstrung,
The links o'er Malcolm's neck he flung,
Then gently drew the glittering band,
And laid the clasp on Ellen's hand." (Canto VI, Stanza xxix)
END INTRODUCTORY SYNOPSIS

KIng James V (1512 - 1542) was the father of Mary Queen of Scots.
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19 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Alan on January 1, 2010
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This version of one of my favorite poems seems to have one small problem - the poem itself seems to be missing! The notes are great, however.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By M. Brown on August 3, 2012
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I like Scott's Lady of the Lake and recommend people to read it. What the person forgot who was setting up the poem for kindle use, is that it is a POEM, which is written out differently than prose. Yes, a poem can still be read when written in prose form, but it is much more difficult plus it just doesn't have the same look and feel. This would be great if those putting together the digital format would have the text set up as a poem.
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11 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Book Dame on October 26, 2010
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This download was incomplete, no poem included! I went to project Gutenburg and found the comeplete text with active links to the notes, plus illustrations. This ebook should be removed until remedied
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By M. D. Lutze on December 28, 2010
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This refers to the version: Public Domain Books (March 17, 2006)

The book's configured first page is set to the introduction, not to the cover, so that the reader must turn back through much of the frontmatter in order to get to the Table of Contents.

The Table of Contents links the many Cantos, but the Cantos are empty - the actual poem is missing.

The Footnotes and End notes, which comprise the body of what is downloaded, are thorough but not actually recorded in the TOC.

This is a horrible edition. Please, please do not waste the time downloading it.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Theseus on January 18, 2010
Format: Hardcover
his is a handsome 1910 First Thus from Bobbs-Merrill featuring extraordinary illustrations by Howard Chandler Christy. Bertha Steward designed the binding.

An elegant hardback binding of stamped green cloth in gold, pale yellow, and light green details. Glossy stock typical of early 20th century American illustrated books.

Christy's illustrations appear on every page: interstitial illustrations in black and blue on the margins and 12 full color, full page painted illustrations.

Chandler's work here is authoritative. It serves the poem's narrative ends (being less lush -- and much less sensuous -- than his sometimes bosomy commercial work.) The rendering on the marginal illustrations is quite free. It is refreshing to see a realistic artist finding his way so confidently in a graphic medium. Contrasting this, the full color works are carefully finished with much attention paid to texture. Christy gives Scott's heroic characters great weight within exquisitely detailed environments.

All in all, Christy accomplishes quite more than providing pretty pictures (and they are pretty indeed!) He's fully at home here in the great tradition of illustrators such as Howard Pyle and N.C. Wyeth.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Jessica on November 9, 2010
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Yeah, the notes are nice and all, but I second the first reviews. really ought to have to content in the download, you know?
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Madame Hardy on March 28, 2011
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There is no point in downloading this book; it's only the notes. Until somebody uploads the full Project Gutenberg book to Amazon, you'll either have to pay or move the Gutenberg book to your Kindle yourself.
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