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The remarkable career of Sir Walter Scott began with a period as a Romantic poet (the leading Romantic poet in terms of popularity) before he went on to achieve even greater popularity as a novelist, particularly for his historical fiction and Scottish national tales. His well-earned fame in both these genres of fiction has tended to create the impression that he originated them, whereas in fact women novelists had preceded him in each.
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15 August 1771 Walter Scott, the future poet and novelist, was born in Edinburgh. Bibliographic Citation link.
24 February 1802-November 1803 Walter Scott edited and published Minstrelsy of the Scottish Border, a collection of historical, traditional and romantic ballads, with imitations. Bibliographic Citation link.
7 July 1814 Walter Scott caused a sensation with Waverley, his first novel, a historical work published anonymously with a dedication to the sentimental novelist Henry Mackenzie. Bibliographic Citation link.
1832 In the year that he died, Sir Walter Scott, pseudonymously (as 'Jedediah Cleishbotham'), published "Count Robert of Paris" with "Castle Dangerous", in the fourth and last series of Tales of My Landlord. Bibliographic Citation link.
21 September 1832 SWS died at his estate of Abbotsford, Melrose, following paralysis and a bout of apoplexy; he was sixty-one. Bibliographic Citation link.
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