The third and final volume of the first collected edition of Hogg's letters reveals his versatility in old age. In 1832 he visits London for the first time and becomes the literary lion of the season. As communications improve in the early 1830s he explores the possibility of writing for American periodicals, and deals (mostly) gracefully with the various claims made on his time as a celebrity author. The loss of old friends is compensated for by a circle of young admirers and protégés, and Hogg turns an acutely observant eye on an age of cheap periodicals and of political reform.
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So wonderful a treat that one wishes it weren't the final volume in the series.
Editing the Letters gives as thorough a knowledge of a writer like Hogg as could be hoped for: and Hughes and her colleagues display scrupulous scholarship in an exemplary way, for the reader to consult without losing the thread.
The letters that comprise this three-volume set provide a wealth of fresh material for students of Hogg and Scottish literature specifically, and for researchers of early nineteenth-century literature, culture, and history more generally.... ...the third volume of his correspondence offers an especially thorough and 'thick' account of his literary activity.