Contributions to Blackwood's Edinburgh Magazine

Volume 2, 1829-1835

James Hogg
Edited by Thomas C. Richardson


Hogg played a significant role in the success and notoriety of Blackwood's Edinburgh Magazine, which was founded in 1817 by the Edinburgh publisher and bookseller, William Blackwood. Hogg's relationships with Blackwood, the magazine, and the major contributors were central to both his literary and personal life. From 1817 until his death in 1835 he published more than one hundred works in 'Maga', as the magazine came to be known among the contributors, and wrote perhaps another forty for the magazine that were not published there. His contributions showcase the diversity of his talent and his achievement as a writer; his published works include a great variety of songs and lyric poetry, narrative and dramatic poetry, sketches of rural and farming life, review essays, ballads, short stories, satirical pieces, and even a 'screed' on politics.

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About the Author

James Hogg was a Scottish poet, novelist and essayist who wrote in both Scots and English. He is best known for his novel The Private Memoirs and Confessions of a Justified Sinner.

Thomas C. Richardson is dean of the College of Arts and Sciences, Professor of English, and Eudora Welty Chair at Mississippi University for Women. He is the editor of the Stirling / South Carolina Research Edition of James Hogg’s Contributions to Blackwood’s Edinburgh Magazine Volume 1: 1817-1828. He also served as guest editor for a special issue of The Literary Review (Winter 2002), featuring contemporary Scottish writers.


Suffice it to say that readers opening this volume will find much to enjoy, to laugh over, to ponder, and - occassionally - to raise an eyebrow at.
- Anthony Jarrells, Studies in Hogg and his World: Number 23, 2013

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