at the accomplishments of this man:
A statistic I learned in Tony's class: each one of Sir Walter Scott's 27 novels sold more copies than all of the poets of the Romantic period plus Jane Austen put together. Each ONE of his novels. That includes Byron, who was the first rock star. Walter Scott is arguably the most influential novelist in the English language and certainly made the novel a legitimate literary form. Plus, he was a great guy. His stuff is totally worth a read. Hurrah for Scotland!