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Sir Walter Scott’s masterful novel, Waverley

The evenings are drawing in and it’s getting colder but the upside of the arrival of winter in Edinburgh is the enjoyment the whole city gets from seeing its literary monuments lit up in the late afternoon. The towering structure of the Scott monument on Princes Street, for example, reminds us that 2014 is the 200th anniversary of the publication of Sir Walter Scott’s masterful novel, Waverley. Scott was born in Edinburgh in 1771 and you can visit the Edinburgh Writer’s Museum and see a first edition of Waverley and the printing press on which the series of Waverley novels were printed. You can also see there the Robert Louis Stevenson and Robert Burns collections which include books and personal items belonging to both authors. Edinburgh is a treasure trove of literary history that we will be exploring next summer on Edinburgh: City of Literature.