Scott wrote short stories throughout his career, some included within novels, others published separately in periodicals. This collection of the stories from periodicals extends from his earliest published fiction to his last and comprises pieces from The Edinburgh Annual Register (1811), The Sale-Room (1817), Blackwood's Edinburgh Magazine (1817-1818) and The Keepsake (1828-1831). Only three of these stories have been regularly reprinted; the other five are here made readily available for the first time. Publication in periodicals offered Scott new opportunities to explore the potential of the short story form and to demonstrate his enormous versatility as a writer of fiction.
Graham Tulloch is Professor of English and Dean of Humanities at Flinders University, Australia. Judy King is Research Associate in English at Flinders University, Australia.
Acknowledgements; Introduction; The Inferno of Altisidora; Christopher Corduroy; Alarming Increase of Depravity Among Animals; Phantasmagoria; My Aunt Margaret's Mirror; The Tapestried Chamber; Death of the Laird's Jock; A Highland Anecdote; Essay on the Text; Emendation List; End-of-line Hyphens; Historical Note; Explanatory Notes; Glossary.