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Contributions to Blackwood's Edinburgh Magazine

Volume 1, 1817-1828

James Hogg
Edited by Thomas C. Richardson


Although portrayed as the 'boozing buffoon' of Blackwood's Edinburgh Magazine, Hogg (both as the celebrated Ettrick Shepherd and anonymously) was a key contributor of songs, narrative poems, tales and reviews to the liveliest of all early nineteenth-century periodicals. The present volume includes several items hitherto published only in Blackwood's, and ranges from the infamous 'Chaldee Manuscript' to newly-identified items such as a Scottish commemoration of the coronation of George IV. The volume also includes works Hogg intended for Blackwood's but which are now published for the first time.

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Contributions to Blackwood's Edinburgh Magazine for 1817-1828
Appendix A: Chaldee Manuscript 'Continuation'
Appendix B: Musical Notation
Appendix C: Chronological Listing
Hyphenation List: Notes

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.


Identifying and collecting Hogg's contributions to Blackwood's Edinburgh Magazine in volume form is clearly a tremendous advantage for students and scholars without ready access to the original issues. In keeping with the ethos of this edition, there are also some previously unpublished works, for example, the pastoral Dramas of Simple Life No. II that Hogg would later revise extensively for publication as A Bush Aboon Traquair.

- Deirdre A. Shepherd, University of Edinburgh, BARS Bulletin and Review
Beautifully printed on fine paper, this edition is a pleasure to read. The editorial notes are copious, comprehensive and scholarly.
- Allan Massie, Times Literary Supplement
...impressive work of scholarship...
- Sharon Alker, Scottish Literary Review

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