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Hewitt, David 1942-

Works: 55 works in 158 publications in 1 language and 3,620 library holdings
Genres: Fiction  History  Psychological fiction  Criticism, interpretation, etc  Biography  Domestic fiction  Conference proceedings  Historical fiction  Biographical fiction  Juvenile works 
Roles: Author, Editor, Publishing director
Classifications: PR5322, 823.7
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Most widely held works by David Hewitt
Redgauntlet by Walter Scott( )
11 editions published between 1996 and 2000 in English and held by 1,495 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
"In the summer of 1765 Darsie Latimer sets out to discover the secret of his parentage in a journey to the wilds of Dumfriesshir. But very soon he discovers that he must confront not geographical but ideological wilds, for he is kidnapped by Edward Hugh Redgauntlet and involved in a last, fictional attempt to restore the Stuarts to the British throne. His Edinburgh friend, the advocate Alan Fairford, seeks to find him, and finds modes of life which pay scant heed to the rule of law, and many who maintain a covert allegiance to the exiled monarchy. The violent past is repeatedly recalled: the oral diablerie of the inset 'Wandering Willie's Tale', probably the greatest short story ever written in Scots, provides a grotesque vision of the structures of an older Scotland. It is this older Scotland which Redgauntlet wished to restore, but Darsie, who set out as a romantic, discovers through his experience a commitment to the Hanoverian peace." "The text is based on the first edition of 1824, emended by readings from Scott's manuscript and proof corrections which were lost in the original process of preparing the text for publication."--Jacket
The antiquary by Walter Scott( Book )
16 editions published between 1995 and 2002 in English and held by 356 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Published in 1816, and set during the wars with revolutionary France, this novel Scott's personal favorite of all his works features a mysterious young man, Lovel, whose arrival at the Scottish seaside town of Fairport exposes long-buried secrets and crimes involving the guilt-ridden Earl of Glenallan and a beautiful young woman, Isabella Wardour
Scott on himself : a selection of the autobiographical writings of Sir Walter Scott by Walter Scott( Book )
13 editions published in 1981 in English and held by 321 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
The heart of Midlothian by Walter Scott( Book )
8 editions published between 2000 and 2009 in English and held by 248 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
"The Heart of Mid-Lothian is precisely focused on the trials for murder of John Porteous and of Effie Deans in 1736 and 1737. Yet it is a chronicle - Scott's only chronicle - which spans the eighty years of the life of David Deans, whose death takes place in 1751. It is the most complex of all Scott's narratives. It is also the most challenging in that it raises in an acute fashion the problem of a judicial system that does not produce justice. Scott places this fundamental issue in its immediate political context, in history as represented by the life of Deans, and alongside the justice of Providence as perceived by his daughter Jeanie, the greatest of Scott's heroines." "This edition of The Heart of Mid-Lothian provides a new text established in accordance with the tried policies and practices of the Edinburgh Edition of the Waverley Novels, and in its annotation treats comprehensively the novel's historical, legal, religious and cultural sources."--Jacket
Literature of the North ( Book )
9 editions published in 1983 in English and held by 205 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Rob Roy by Walter Scott( Book )
6 editions published between 2002 and 2009 in English and held by 175 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
"First published in 1817, Rob Roy was not only a resounding success but also one of the first historical novels of its time. Full of swashbuckling action and intrigue, it tells the story of Frank Osbaldistone, the son of a wealthy British businessman, who travels to Scotland, where he is drawn into the lawless world of the fiercely noble outlaw Robert Roy MacGregor. Osbaldistone and Rob Roy, along with the witty Diane Vernon, embark on numerous adventures during the height of the Jacobite uprising. With sweeping descriptions of Scottish landscapes and vivid characterizations, Rob Roy is an epic tale of heroism set against the backdrop of true Scottish history."--BOOK JACKET
Scott and his influence : the papers of the Aberdeen Scott conference, 1982 by John H Alexander( Book )
10 editions published in 1983 in English and held by 169 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
The Edinburgh edition of the Waverley novels by Walter Scott( Book )
9 editions published in 1995 in English and held by 103 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Scott in carnival : selected papers from the Fourth International Scott Conference, Edinburgh, 1991 by International Scott Conference( Book )
6 editions published between 1993 and 1994 in English and held by 85 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Northern visions : essays on the literary identity of northern Scotland in the twentieth century ( Book )
8 editions published between 1994 and 1995 in English and held by 57 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
The Edinburgh edition of the Waverley novels : a guide for editors by David Hewitt( Book )
2 editions published in 1996 in English and held by 51 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
The Australian Geographic book of the Canning Stock Route ( Book )
1 edition published in 1998 in English and held by 48 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
George Burton: a study in contradictions by David Hewitt( Book )
1 edition published in 1969 in English and held by 44 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Longer Scottish poems ( Book )
5 editions published in 1987 in English and held by 32 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
The talisman by Walter Scott( Book )
3 editions published between 2006 and 2009 in English and held by 19 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
"The second of Tales of the Crusaders, The Talisman is set in Palestine during the Third Crusade (1189-92). Scott constructs a story of chivalric action, apparently adopting a view of the similarities in the values of both sides that is to be found in medieval romance. But disguise is the leading theme of the tale: characters frequently wear clothing that conceals their identity, and professions and cultures hide their true nature. In this novel the Christian leaders are divided by a factious criminality, and are contrasted to the magnanimity and decisiveness of Saladin, the leader of the Islamic armies. In a period when the west was fascinated with the exotic east, Scott represents the Muslim other as more humane than the Christian west." "The Talisman is one of Scott's great novels. It is a superb tale. It is also a bold departure as, for the first time, Scott explores cultural conflict in the opposition of two world religions."--BOOK JACKET
Saint Ronan's well by Walter Scott( Book )
1 edition published in 1995 in English and held by 18 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
The bride of Lammermoor by Walter Scott( Book )
1 edition published in 1995 in English and held by 18 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
The plans of Edgar, Master of Ravenswood to regain his ancient family estate from the corrupt Lord Keeper of the Great Seal of Scotland are frustrated by the complexities of the legal and political situations following the 1707 Act of Union, and by his passion for his enemy's beautiful daughter Lucy. First published in 1819, this intricate and searching romantic tragedy offers challenging insights into emotional and sexual politics, and demonstrates the shrewd way in which Scott presented his work as historical document, entertainment, and work of art
Quentin Durward by Walter Scott( Book )
3 editions published between 2001 and 2009 in English and held by 16 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Quentin Durward (first published in 1823), Scott's first "European" novel, was an experiment in transferring the historical romance to foreign soil. Fifteenth-century France, the French Revolution, and contemporary Britain all come together in this sharp-eyed novel of political expediency and intrigue. Quentin Durward is a young adventurer and soldier of the Scottish guards seeking fame and fortune in the France of Louis XI (1461-1483). Embarking upon a dangerous journey through the forest of the Ardennes seeking a name, a partner (there is a romance involving his love for Isabelle, Countess of Croye), and a position in the world, he knows little and understands less, but Scott represents his ignorance and naivete as useful to "the most sagacious prince in Europe" who needs servants motivated solely by the desire for coin and credit and lacking any interest in France, which would interfere with the execution of his political aims. Meanwhile, the Machiavellian King Louis XI of France, maneuvers his realm out of the hands of feudal barons and into centralized control -- which Scott believed to characterize the modern state. In Quentin Durward Scott studies the first modern state in the process of destroying the European feudal system at a time when the feudal system, which had been the sinews and nerves of national defense, and the spirit of chivalry, by which, began to be innovated upon and abandoned by those grosser characters, who centered their happiness in materialism. The reception accorded Quentin Durward astounded Scott, his friends and his publishers. France, Germany and Italy went mad over him, realizing then, as now, that this miracle worker had given to European literature an unsurpassed picture of Louis XI and his age. His fame, the world over, was thenceforth permanently fixed. It was cheering news for Scott. - Publisher
The black dwarf by Walter Scott( Book )
1 edition published in 1993 in English and held by 14 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
By 1816 Scott had written three successful novels and the public was clamoring for more. In a change of direction Scott set out to write four "tales" illustrating the manners and customs of Scotland, to be issued together as Tales of My Landlord. The first of these, The Black Dwarf is a novella set in Liddesdale in the Scottish Borders. It is 1708; in the aftermath of the Union of Scotland and England a group of Jacobites plots the restoration of the Stuart monarchy and Scottish independence. Against this turbulent backdrop of nationalist passions and cross-border feuding, a gothic tale of love and danger unfolds. At its center is the grotesque figure of the mysterious and solitary Black Dwarf who symbolically frees the heroine Isabella Vere from a violent, patriarchal past, and helps her choose a peace-loving Scottish laird as her husband
The tale of old mortality by Walter Scott( Book )
1 edition published in 1993 in English and held by 13 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
The story reaches dramatic heights in Scott's description of the Covenanters rebuff of the Royalist forces at Loudoun Hill, the preparations for the Battle of Bothwell Bridge, and the moving trial of the young Morton and his fellow prisoners before Claverhouse and the Privy Council
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