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James Hogg: A Life

Gillian Hughes


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 Advisory Editor to The New Edinburgh Edition of the Works of Robert Louis Stevenson. She was editor and/or general editor for many volumes in the Stirling/South Carolina Hogg edition, founding editor of the journal Studies in Hogg and his World, and is the author of James Hogg: A Life (Edinburgh University Press, 2007). Her current projects include an edition (co-edited with Peter Garside) of the Shorter Verse of Walter Scott.


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
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.
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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'
...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
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