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James Hogg: A Life

Gillian Hughes

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James Hogg's life-story is one of extraordinary transitions and in his own lifetime he was best known as a heaven-inspired and naive Scottish rustic who featured as the boozing buffoon of Blackwood's Edinburgh Magazine.

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Chapter 1: The Days of Vision
Chapter 2: The Broken Ground
Chapter 3: The Cause of Liberty
Chapter 4: Of Minstrel Honours
Chapter 5: Ingenious Lies
Chapter 6: The Hard-Earned Sma' Propine
Chapter 7: The Glee of the City
Chapter 8: Man of the Mountains
Sources and Abbreviations
Reference Notes

About the Author

Gillian Hughes is an independent scholar and has held a number of honorary research fellowships at Scottish universities. Both editors have an extensive publication record in the field of Scottish literature as well as scholarly editions.


Gillian Hughes's biography is a welcome addition to Hogg scholarship. It's academia, but academia with a heart...
- Stephen Daisley, The Herald
Hughes has here produced the definitive life of James Hogg, the result of decades of research and study...Those already acquainted with Hogg and looking for a fuller understanding of the many conflicting currents that made up the man will be excellently served by Gillian Hughes' biography.
- Use of English
This is an admirable biography which does justice, with ample evidence, to a major writer who has waited more than a century for adequate recognition.
- The Scotsman
...material richly gathered from editing, from annotating letters and several of the volumes in the series [The Stirling/South Carolina Research Edition of the Collected Works of James Hogg], and from a lifetime's work in the original manuscripts underpins Gillian Hughes' excellent biography.
- University of Edinburgh Journal

Hughes's contribution is both authoritative and thorough, exemplifying the depth of scholarship and research associated with the S/SC edition of Hogg.

- Deirdre A. Shepherd, University of Edinburgh, BARS Bulletin and Review
A biography as good as this is almost as admirable as Hogg's own works...
- Studies in Hogg and His World
Gillian Hughes is a fine scholar, and her life of James Hogg shows an extraordinary inwardness with Hogg’s domestic manners and the progress of his double life as shepherd and as writer.
- Karl Miller, author of Electric Shepherd: A Likeness of James Hogg'
Gillian Hughes’s Life represents the fruit of a lifetime commitment to Hoggstudies. The result is undeniably the first fully-fledged modern biography ofHogg.
- Peter Garside, Edinburgh Review