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Riassunto: Guy Mannering or The Astrologer is a novel by Sir Walter Scott, published anonymously in 1815.
According to an introduction that Scott wrote in 1829, he had originally intended to write a story of the supernatural, but changed his mind soon after starting.
The book was a huge success, selling out the day after its first edition.
Guy Mannering is set in the 1760s to 1780s, mostly in the Galloway area of southwest Scotland, but with episodes in Cumberland, Holland, and India. It tells the story of Harry Bertram, the son of the Laird of Ellangowan, who is kidnapped at the age of five by smugglers after witnessing the murder of a customs officer. It follows the fortunes and adventures of Henry and his family in subsequent years, and the struggle over the inheritance of Ellangowan.
The novel also depicts the lawlessness that existed at the time, when smugglers operated along the coast and thieves frequented the country roads.
L'autore: Sir Walter Scott was born in Edinburgh in 1771. Educated for the law, he obtained the office of sheriff-depute of Selkirkshire in 1799 and in 1806 the office of clerk of session, a post whose duties he fulfilled for some twenty-five years. His lifelong interest in Scottish antiquity and the ballads which recorded Scottish history led him to try his hand at narrative poems of adventure and action. The Lay of the Last Minstrel (1805), Marmion (1808), and The Lady of the Lake (1810) made his reputation as one of the leading poets of his time. A novel, Waverley, which he had begun in 1805, was published anonymously in 1814. Subsequent novels appeared with the note ?by the author of Waverley?; hence his novels often are called collectively ?the Waverley novels.? Some of the most famous of these are Old Mortality (1816), Rob Roy (1817), Ivanhoe (1819), Kenilworth (1821), and Quentin Durward (1823). In recognition of his literary work Scott was made a baronet in 1819. During his last years he held various official positions and published biographies, editions of Swift and Dryden, tales, lyric poetry, and various studies of history and antiquity. He died in 1832.
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Descrizione libro CreateSpace, 2009. Paperback. Condizione libro: Brand New. 292 pages. 10.00x7.00x0.73 inches. This item is printed on demand. Codice libro della libreria zk143829722X
Descrizione libro CreateSpace, 2009. Paperback. Condizione libro: Very Good. Codice libro della libreria P02143829722X
Descrizione libro CreateSpace, 2009. Paperback. Condizione libro: New. Codice libro della libreria P11143829722X