By JAMES T. HILLHOUSE
University of Minnesota
BY ALL ODDS the main bibliographical item for Scott study is J. C. Corson's A Bibliography of Sir Walter Scott: A Classified and Annotated List of Books and Articles Relating to His Life and Works 1797-1940 ( 1943). As the title hints, Corson does not deal with editions of Scott, but he covers practically everything else. He lists some three thousand items, about half the bulk which he had collected. It would seem safe to say that he has omitted little or nothing of importance. Considering the huge mass of matter published on Scott during the nineteenth century, one would hope that a bibliographer with such a task would be a judicious selector. The work is, moreover, excellently compiled; the divisions and subdivisions of the table of contents and the full index save the reader a great deal of time. The frequent succinct and pointed annotations, sometimes overastringent, reveal a close examination of the items Corson is listing. Within the limits indicated above, this work makes the use of the annual bibliographies and The Cambridge Bibliography of English Literature unnecessary, except for the comments and reviews they may contain, up to 1939 or 1940. Anyone working on Scott must have Corson always at his elbow. Unfortunately it is already out of print.
The life of Scott by C. D. Yonge ( 1888) contains an exten-