August 15, 2012
Sir Walter Scott

Today is the birthday of Sir Walter Scott (Edinburgh, Scotland,1771)

He started writing to pay off his debts. His first book was Waverley, published anonymously, which was a huge best-seller. He went on to write many popular historical novels such as Rob Roy and Ivanhoe.

A number of lines from his books are common phrases today - such as “blood is thicker than water.” Many people mistakenly credit Shakespeare for Scott’s lines “O, what a tangled web we weave, / When first we practise to deceive!”

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