The Bride of Lammermoor; The Black Dwarf

The Bride of Lammermoor; The Black Dwarf

Read FREE!

The Bride of Lammermoor; The Black Dwarf

The Bride of Lammermoor; The Black Dwarf

Read FREE!

Excerpt

Few things in the history of literature are better known than the tale of the composition of "The Bride of Lammermoor." "Fredericus I. in tormentis pinxit," the ancestor of Frederick the Great wrote on a portrait which this royal amateur worked at when he had the gout. "Gualterus Scotus in tormentis scripsit" might have been the motto, as Scott himself remarked, of "The Bride of Lammermoor" and " Ivanhoe. " These novels were composed amid spasms of a pain so severe that Hogg declares he has seen Scott's shirt " burned to an izel " by hot applications, to which the patient was insensible, so severe was his pain. "Now if I had given way to mere feeling," said Scott to Mr.Gillies, " and ceased to work, it is a question whether the disease might not have taken deeper root, and become incurable.The best way is, if possible, to triumph over disease by setting it at defiance, somewhat on the same principle as one avoids being stung by boldly grasping a nettle." His malady, as it saved him from being interrupted by visitors, practically gave him more leisure for his work. " During the severe conflict with illness, he scarcely for one entire day relinquished his literary tasks. . . ."

Search by... Author
Show... All Results Primary Sources Peer-reviewed

Oops!

An unknown error has occurred. Please click the button below to reload the page. If the problem persists, please try again in a little while.