Guy Mannering is an astrologer who only half-believes in his art. Instead he places his faith in patriarchal power, wealth and social position. But the Scotland of this novel is a nation in which the old hierarchies are breaking down and Guy must learn the limits of the nabob’s authority in a society in which each social group—from gypsies and smugglers, to Edinburgh lawyers, landowners and Border store farmers—lives by its own laws.
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Walter Scott was born in Edinburgh in 1771, educated at the High School and University there and admitted to the Scottish Bar in 1792. From 1799 until his death he was Sheriff of Selkirkshire, and from 1806 to 1830 he… More about Sir Walter Scott
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Published by Penguin Classics Nov 25, 2003| 552 Pages| ISBN 9780140436570