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Of the frequent parallels or contrasts drawn between him
and Shakespeare it is not the least noteworthy that he is, of all men of
letters, that one of whom we have the most intimate and the fullest
revelation, while of Shakespeare we have the least. There need be very
little doubt that if we knew everything about Shakespeare, he would
come, as a man of mould might, scathless from the test. But we do know
everything, or almost everything, about Scott, and he comes out nearly
as well as anyone but a faultless monster could. For all the works of
the Lord in literature, as in other things, let us give thanks--for
Blake and for Beddoes as well as for Shelley and for Swift. But let
everyone who by himself, or by his fathers, claims origin between
Tol-Pedn-Penwith and Dunnet Head give thanks, with more energy and more
confidence than in any other case save one, for the fact that his is the
race and his the language of Sir Walter Scott.


[47] So, in a still earlier generation, Johnson, after calling his
step-daughter 'my dearest love,' and writing in the simplest way, will
end, and quite properly, with, 'Madam, your obedient, humble servant.'

[48] He made, as is well known, preparations to 'meet' General Gourgaud,
who was wroth about the _Napoleon_, but who never actually challenged

[49] Most injustice has perforce been done to his miscellaneous verse
lying outside the great poems, and not all of it included in the novels.
It would be impossible to dwell on all the good things, from _Helvellyn_
and _The Norman Horseshoe_ onward; and useless to select a few. Some of
his best things are among them: few are without force, and fire, and
unstudied melody. The song-scraps, like the mottoes, in his novels are
often really marvellous snatches of improvisation.

[50] Il y a plus de philosophie dans ses écrits ... que dans bon nombre
de _romans philosophiques_.

[51] When some tactless person tried to play tricks with the Crown.


Ancestry and parentage, 9, 10;
birth, 10;
infancy, 11;
school and college days, _ibid._;
apprenticeship, _ibid._;
friends and early occupations, 12, 13;
call to the Bar, 12, 14;
first love, 14-16;
engagement and marriage, 16;
briefs, fights, and volunteering, 17;
journeys to Galloway and elsewhere, 18, 19;
slowness of literary production and its causes, 20, 21;
call-thesis and translations of Bürger, 22;
reception of these last and their merit, 23;
contributes to _Tales of Wonder_, 24;
remarks on _Glenfinlas_ and _The Eve of St. John_, 25, 26;
_Goetz von Berlichingen_ and _The House of Aspen_, 26;
dramatic work generally, 27, _note_;
friendship with Leyden, Ritson, and Ellis, 28;
_Minstrelsy of the Scottish Border_, 28-33;
contributes to the _Edinburgh Review_, 33-35;
his domestic life for the first seven years after his marriage, 35-37;
_The Lay of the Last Minstrel_, 38-46;
partnership with Ballantyne, 46-50;
children and pecuniary affairs, 50, 51;
Clerkship of Session, 51;
politics during Fox and Grenville administration, 52;
anecdote of, on Mound, _ibid._;
_Marmion_, 52-55;
coolness with _Edinburgh_ and starting of _Quarterly Review_, 55, 56;
quarrel with Constable, 56, 57;
affair of Thomas Scott's appointment, 58, 59;
_The Lady of the Lake_, 59, 60;
_The Vision of Don Roderick_, 61;
_Rokeby_, 61-63;
_The Lord of the Isles_, 63, 64;
_The Bridal of Triermain_, 64-66;
_Harold the Dauntless_, 66, 67;
remarks on the verse romances generally, 67, 68;
_Waverley_, its origin, character, and reception, 69-76;
settlement at Abbotsford, 70, 71;
danger of Ballantyne & Co., and closer alliance with Constable, 71, 72;
yachting tour, 72;
_Guy Mannering_, 77-79;
introduced in London to the Regent and to Byron, 79;
journey to Brussels, _Field of Waterloo_, and _Paul's Letters_, 79;
_The Antiquary_, 80;
original mottoes, 81 and _note_;
_Old Mortality_ and _Black Dwarf_, 81-84;
quarrel with Blackwood, 82;
_Rob Roy_, 84, 85;
domestic affairs, 85-87;
_Heart of Midlothian_, 87, 88;
_Bride of Lammermoor_ and _Legend of Montrose_, 88-91;
attacked by cramp, 84, 86, 89, _note_;
domestic affairs, 91-93;
_Ivanhoe_, 93, 96;
_The Monastery_, 95, 96;
_The Abbot_ and _Kenilworth_, 96, 97;
_The Pirate_, 97, 98;
_The Fortunes of Nigel_, 99;
_Peveril of the Peak_, 100;
_Quentin Durward_, 100, 101;
_St. Ronan's Well_, 101, 102;
_Redgauntlet_, 102, 103;
_Tales of the Crusaders_, 104, 105;
domestic affairs, to tour in Ireland, 105, 106;
commercial crisis and fall of Constable and Ballantyne, 106, 107;
discussion of the facts, 107-114;
the _Journal_, 114-117;
death of Lady Scott, 116;
_Life of Napoleon_, 118-121;
_Woodstock_, 121-123;
_Letters of Malachi Malagrowther_, 123;
'Bonnie Dundee,' _ibid._;
_Chronicles of the Canongate_, 124-126;
_Tales of a Grandfather_, 126, 127;
_The Fair Maid of Perth_ and the '_Magnum Opus_,' 128;
_Anne of Geierstein_, 129;
declining health, 130;
success of the '_Magnum_,' _ibid._;
stroke of paralysis and resignation of Clerkship, 131;
_Letters on Demonology_ and Christopher North's criticism, 131, 132;
_Count Robert of Paris_ and _Castle Dangerous_, 133;
political annoyances and insults at Jedburgh, 134;
last visit of Wordsworth and departure for Italy, 135;
sojourn on the Mediterranean, 136;
return and death, 137;
settlement of debts, _ibid._;
monuments to Scott, 138;
general view of Scott desirable, 139;
his physique and conversation, 140;
his alleged subserviency to rank, 141, 142;
his moral and religious character, 142, 143;
his politics, 144;
characteristics of his thought, 145-147;
his combination of the practical and the romantic, 147;
his humour, 148;
his feeling, 149;
his style, 150;
his power of story, 151;
not 'commonplace,' 151, 154;
comparison with Lyly, 153;
final remarks, 155, 156.


Of THOMAS CARLYLE, by H. C. MACPHERSON, the _British Weekly_ says:--

"We congratulate the publishers on the in every way attractive
appearance of the first volume of their new series. The
typography is everything that could be wished, and the binding
is most tasteful.... We heartily congratulate author and
publishers on the happy commencement of this admirable

The _Literary World_ says:--

"One of the very best little books on Carlyle yet written, far
outweighing in value some more pretentious works with which we
are familiar."

The _Scotsman_ says:--

"As an estimate of the Carlylean philosophy, and of Carlyle's
place in literature and his influence in the domains of morals,
politics, and social ethics, the volume reveals not only care
and fairness, but insight and a large capacity for original
thought and judgment."

The _Glasgow Daily Record_ says:--

"Is distinctly creditable to the publishers, and worthy of a
national series such as they have projected."

The _Educational News_ says:--

"The book is written in an able, masterly, and painstaking

Of ALLAN RAMSAY, by OLIPHANT SMEATON, the _Scotsman_ says:--

"It is not a patchwork picture, but one in which the writer,
taking genuine interest in his subject, and bestowing
conscientious pains on his task, has his materials well in hand,
and has used them to produce a portrait that is both lifelike
and well balanced."

The _People's Friend_ says:--

"Presents a very interesting sketch of the life of the poet, as
well as a well-balanced estimate and review of his works."

The _Edinburgh Dispatch_ says:--

"The author has shown scholarship and much enthusiasm in his

The _Daily Record_ says:--

"The kindly, vain, and pompous little wig-maker lives for us in
Mr. Smeaton's pages."

The _Glasgow Herald_ says:--

"A careful and intelligent study."

Of HUGH MILLER, by W. KEITH LEASK, the _Expository Times_ says:--

"It is a right good book and a right true biography.... There is
a very fine sense of Hugh Miller's greatness as a man and a
Scotsman; there is also a fine choice of language in making it

The _Bookseller_ says:--

"Mr. Leask gives the reader a clear impression of the
simplicity, and yet the greatness, of his hero, and the broad
result of his life's work is very plainly and carefully set
forth. A short appreciation of his scientific labours, from the
competent pen of Sir Archibald Geikie, and a useful bibliography
of his works, complete a volume which is well worth reading for
its own sake, and which forms a worthy installment in an
admirable series."

The _Daily News_ says:--

"Leaves on us a very vivid impression."

Of JOHN KNOX, by A. TAYLOR INNES, Mr. Hay Fleming, in the _Bookman_

"A masterly delineation of those stirring times in Scotland, and
of that famous Scot who helped so much to shape them."

The _Freeman_ says:--

"It is a concise, well written, and admirable narrative of the
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"There is vision in this book, as well as knowledge."

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forgiveness.' His literary skill, his thorough acquaintance with
Scottish ecclesiastical life, his religious insight, his
chastened enthusiasm, have enabled the author to produce an
excellent piece of work.... It is a noble and inspiring theme,
and Mr.

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