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Nation making and fiction making
Sarah Orne Jewett, The Tory Lover, and Walter Scott, Waverley

Sarah Orne Jewett writes of her involvement with the Loyalist Wallingford family, both Roger and his mother, who remains throughout fiercely loyal to the British Crown. Jewett was a regional writer for all her long writing career, and The Tory Lover retains the local in its turn to the historical, even as late-nineteenth-century academic historians themselves turned to the local. Walter Scott himself combined support for the 1707 Union of Scotland and England with a Scottish cultural nationalism that required identifying images and stories. Scott's clearest message in Waverley in a journey north past bodies left on battlefields and destroyed homes is that civil war is dreadful and worth most prices to avoid. Making a fiction of past lives is effected by Jewett through an attention to the actual land shaped by human activity something that Waverley had pioneered.

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Anglo-American affinities and antagonisms 1854–1936


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