Sir Walter Scott's Legacy in the Midwest: Why Are So Many Towns Named Waverly?

Anne Stapleton explores Scotland and Sir Walter Scott's Waverley novels. Published anonymously in 1814 and known as the first historical novel, Waverley; or, ‘Tis Sixty Years Since' inaugurated a staggeringly successful series of books that became known as the Waverley novels. Learn why Scott's fiction captured the imagination of nineteenth-century readers across the globe, including citizens in our own Waverly, Iowa. This wee bit of background will pave the way for the Scottish literary and musical extravaganza to be held at The Englert Theatre on Sunday, October 5 (3:00 p.m.), featuring readings, music, songs, and dances from and inspired by Scott's work.

Recorded September 19, 2014.

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