The early-nineteenth-century editors played an integral role in producing the creative heritage upon which the imagined communities of emerging European nation states were to be based. For editors such as Lachmann and the Grimms manuscripts were seen not as perfect records of an original work but instead as corrupted variants or incomplete fragments of a lost origin. Scott's concern with the reliability of confessional speech would continue through the conclusion of the Tales of My Landlord in The Bride of Lammermoor (1819) that appeared along with A Legend of Montrose in the third series of the Tales. Like the critical edition and its increasingly pronounced capacity to construct the originality of its authors, Scott's fictions too increasingly motivated the principle of the proprietary as the heart of writing by pointing to the art of mediation as the necessary precondition of origination.
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