Tuesday, January 12, 2010

John Buchan

Author John Buchan passed on January 12, 1940.  Buchan was perhaps best known for his story "39 Steps", which Alfred Hitchcock turned into a movie.  Like Scott, who Buchan admired, he set several of his novels using scenery from his walks through Scotland, including especially the Scottish Borders. 

Buchan wrote more than one book on Walter Scott, and at least one other on the Borders, including:
"Some Notes on Sir Walter Scott (1924)"
"The Man and the Book: Sir Walter Scott (1925)"
"Sir Walter Scott (1932)"

This blogger appreciates Buchan's framing of Scott's biography into the major trends existing at various stages of Scott's life.  Buchan provides a very visual backdrop to historical events.

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