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Datebook: August 15 – Sir Walter Scott’s 240th birthday

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Sir Walter Scott (15 August 1771 – 21 September 1832) was a Scottish historical novelist, playwright, and poet. Scott was the first English-language author to have a truly international career in his lifetime, with many contemporary readers in Europe, Australia, and North America. His novels and poetry are still read, and many of his works remain classics of both English-language literature and of Scottish literature. Famous titles include Ivanhoe, Rob Roy, The Lady of The Lake, Waverley, The Heart of Midlothian and The Bride of Lammermoor. Scott suffered from a decline in popularity after the First World War. Nevertheless, he was responsible for two major trends that carry on to this day. First, he essentially invented the modern historical novel; an enormous number of imitators appeared in the 19th century. Second, his Scottish novels helped rehabilitate the public perception of Highland culture after years in the shadows.

It’s Monday, August 15.

The American Red Cross offers opportunities to give blood in Paducah this Wednesday and Thursday. Wednesday there’s a collection at Paducah Bank, 555 Jefferson Street from 8 to noon; and at Lone Oak Church of Christ, 2960 Lone Oak Road from 2:30 to 7:30 p.m. On Thursday there’s a collection from noon to 6 p.m. at Broadway United Methodist Church, 701 Broadway.

Christian County’s Grandparent Support Group’s regular monthly meeting at the Pennyrile Area Development District Office, 300 Hammond Drive, Hopkinsville is from 10 a.m.-on, Wednesday.

The regular monthly meeting of the Quad County Elder Abuse Council meets at the Majestic House, Highway 62, in Princeton at noon Wednesday.

Thursday there’s a meeting of the Alzheimer’s Support Group in Lourdes Hospital’s Marshall Nemer Pavilion Board Room from noon to 1:30. At 6 p.m. in the Pavilion’s Borders Community Room there’s a meeting of the advanced bariatric surgery of Paducah support group.

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