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The complete poetical works of Sir Walter Scott

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EDITOR'S NOTE

vis Dr. Rolfe edited The Poetical Works of Sir Walter Scott, Baronet, i open made a critical examination of the several texts, with the result of di by many errors and inconsistencies in the current editions. The text whic

stablished may be regarded as accurate and trustworthy. It has bee ---L. s far as it goes, in the present Cambridge Edition. Dr. Rolfe, howeve

paring a volume which, by calling in the aid of new and faithful illustri Il appeal through its beauty and choiceness to lovers of Scott who mig! aquest to know their author and to desire a fit and convenient edition of h

He excluded purposely a number of less important poems, and groupe *a 'nor poems in sections following the series of long narrative poems. A :ile added a body of notes and prefaces, drawn from Scott's own edition ---Pordance with the general plan of the Cambridge series, the pres nt edito

!ertaken to give the entire body of Sir Walter's poetry and to arrange - close an approach to strict chronological order as was possible witho

He has prefaced each poem or group of poems with notes describin is or circumstance of composition, and in these notes has included Scott .*!wuctions, and such references as occur in Lockhart, in Scott's Letter .: Journal. In this way he has undertaken to separate the history of

In the explication of its parts. - latter, he has had recourse for the most part in the Notes and Mustri

*lie notes written and gathered by Scott for his collective edition. Scott Lerest in everything Scottish led him to great lengths in his annotatio

rially to the accumulation of a great deal of antiquarian and sometim - Pfleste material. He forgot his poem and even now and then apparent Pirot itself as he heaped up illustrations. The editor therefore has found ol?, while retaining Scott's own notes, to omit some of the discursive po

• ! 11 from other writers. The annotation, moreover, is made in one respe *3*3 ietsient and compact by the explanation of rare and local words in .., which is an enlargement of the one accompanying Dr. Rolfe’s volume. - Biographical Sketch, the Editor has had in view more especially the

.1 Scott's life which closed with the great poetical period, since it is Sco i wojs pecially under consideration. He was glad to avail himself - table and suggestive interpretation of the poet's life made by Ruskin

srijeru. FIDGE, March, 1900.

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