Tuesday, 2 February 2010

History beckons...

A new literary award is to be unveiled, honouring historical novels in the name of the father of the genre. The Walter Scott Prize, is being set up by the Duke and Duchess of Buccleuch, to 'properly honour' the author's 'immense achievements', and cement his place 'as one of the world's most influential novelists'. Scott's novel 'Waverly' is generally regarded as one of the first historical novels. Published in 1814 and set in1745, it is this work which is to define the term 'historical novel'; the parameter established as needing at least sixty years between the publication date and time period of its setting. The £25,000 award will feature at the Borders Book Festival in June.

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