Walter Scott

The Antiquary



Discover Walter Scott’s favorite novel, “The Antiquary.” Set in the Scottish town of Fairport, it weaves a tale of mystery, history, and redemption. Follow Lovel and Oldbuck as they unravel secrets that transform lives. This Oxford World’s Classics edition offers authoritative text and insightful scholarly features.

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Number of pages: 528

Published: 23 April 2009

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Delve into the pages of Walter Scott’s “The Antiquary,” a novel that intertwines the fates of its characters with the rich tapestry of Scottish history. First published in 1816 and favored by Scott himself, this novel stands as a testament to his unparalleled skill in weaving a narrative that is both profoundly historical and deeply personal.

In the quaint Scottish seaside town of Fairport, we meet the young and enigmatic Lovel, whose aimless journey brings him into the orbit of Jonathan Oldbuck, the titular Antiquary. Oldbuck, a man seeking solace from his own disappointments through the study of miscellaneous history, becomes an unlikely friend and guide to Lovel. Together, they embark on a journey to unravel Lovel’s mysterious past, a quest that leads to the revelation of secrets that have long tormented the Earl of Glenallan, while simultaneously promising redemption and a reversal of fortunes for Sir Arthur Wardour and his daughter Isabella.

Set against the backdrop of the Napoleonic Wars, “The Antiquary” offers a unique lens on the era’s social and political turmoil. Scott’s narrative prowess shines as he brings to life a diverse cast of characters, from the earthy wisdom of beggar Edie Ochiltree to the witty and insightful Antiquary himself. His ability to paint a vivid social panorama is unmatched, immersing readers in a world where the past collides with the present.

This edition of “The Antiquary” is based on Scott’s own final, authorized version, the “Magnum Opus” edition of 1829. As part of the Oxford World’s Classics series, it comes with a host of valuable features including expert introductions by leading authorities, comprehensive notes to aid understanding, and up-to-date bibliographies for further study. This edition is not just a book but a scholarly treasure, reflecting over a century of literary scholarship by Oxford.

“The Antiquary” is more than a historical novel; it is a journey into the heart of human emotions, societal norms, and the timeless quest for identity and belonging. It’s an essential addition to the library of anyone who cherishes classic literature and the enduring power of a well-told story.

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Weight 370 g
Dimensions 19.7 × 12.8 cm