Iowa City Public Library Presents “Why are so Many Towns Named Waverly?”

by on September 12th, 2014

Sir Walter Scott’s Waverley: or ‘Tis Sixty Years Since was published anonymously in 1814, although his identity didn’t remain secret for long. The success of what some call the first historical novel in the western tradition led to Scott’s writing a series of works on similar themes, collectively called the Waverley Novels.waverley

Join Anne Stapleton, Lecturer in the Department of English at the University of Iowa, from noon to 1 p.m. Friday, Sept. 19, in Meeting Room A as she presents “Sir Walter Scott’s Legacy in the Midwest: Why are so Many Towns Named Waverly?”

Come 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 at 3 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 5. This event will feature readings, music, songs, and dances from and inspired by Scott’s work.

“Sir Walter Scott’s Legacy in the Midwest: Why are so Many Towns Named Waverly?” is a free event and is open to the public. It will be broadcast live on The Library Channel, Iowa City cable channel 10.

For more information, call the Iowa City Public Library at (319) 356-5200.

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