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.
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
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Gillian Hughes's biography is a welcome addition to Hogg scholarship. It's academia, but academia with a heart...
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.
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.
...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.
Hughes's contribution is both authoritative and thorough, exemplifying the depth of scholarship and research associated with the S/SC edition of Hogg.
A biography as good as this is almost as admirable as Hogg's own works...
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.
Gillian Hughes’s Life represents the fruit of a lifetime commitment to Hoggstudies. The result is undeniably the first fully-fledged modern biography ofHogg.