Stuart Kelly: Walter Scott, Writer of the Future?
Walter Scott had more impact than any other author on this country. Quite simply, he reimagined Scotland. Previously conceptualised by the likes of Samuel Johnson as ‘primitive’, with a landscape that was ‘horrid’, by the time Scott was done Scotland was ‘sublime’. Scott is sometimes sneered at for creating an overly-romanticised ‘tartan and shortbread’ view of Scotland but when Stuart Kelly wrote about the author’s long shadow in his book Scott-Land, he subtitled it The Man Who Invented A Nation.
If anything, that was an underestimation. Scott did not just reinvent what we think of as Scotland; but to some extent England as well. So, 250 years after his birth, does Scott deserve his slightly tarnished reputation? Join Stuart Kelly to hear more.