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James Hogg : a life

Author: Gillian Hughes
Publisher: Edinburgh : Edinburgh University Press, 2007.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"From ragged boy cowherd to famous author, James Hogg's life-story is one of extraordinary transitions both socially and professionally. Precariously balancing his Ettrick world and his Edinburgh world, he sometimes seemed at home in both of them and sometimes in neither. He was a man of apparent contradictions: a partisan Tory with Radical friends; an upholder of oral tradition who eagerly embraced every new  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Biography
Biographie
Named Person: James Hogg; James Hogg; James Hogg; James Hogg
Material Type: Biography, Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Gillian Hughes
ISBN: 9780748616398 074861639X
OCLC Number: 85690574
Description: x, 349 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Contents: The days of vision. --The broken ground. --The cause of liberty. --Of minstrel honours. --Ingenious lies. --The hard-earned Sma'Propine. --The glee of the city. -Man of the mountains. --Epilogue.
Responsibility: Gillian Hughes.

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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 Read more...

 
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