Hogg grew up in rural Ettrick Forest in a notable family of tradition-bearers, and in his first major poetry collection The Mountain Bard of 1807 he claims his rightful position at the centre of that culture. Whereas Scott collected the Minstrelsy of the Scottish Border Hogg was the sole author of The Mountain Bard. He learned to negotiate the erudite print culture of Edinburgh with the literary ballad, sometimes helped and sometimes hindered by his powerful friend, shifting the shape of his earlier manuscript and periodical poems accordingly. Then in 1821, when he was an established literary man, he published a revised edition in keeping with his new professional status as Author of The Queen's Wake. The present edition prints together, for the first time, the surviving pre-1807 versions of poems included in The Mountain Bard, the full 1807 collection, and the complete 1821 version.
The Introduction (besides giving a full history of this complex, changing work) places it firmly within the eighteenth-century antiquarian projects of ballad-collecting and the intellectual currents of Romanticism, in particular the literary vogue for the ballad shown in works such as Lyrical Ballads (1798) by Wordsworth and Coleridge. Available in Paperback: The Private Memoirs and Confessions of a Justified Sinner The Shepherd's Calendar Tales of the Wars of Montrose The Three Perils of Woman Winter Evening Tales Anecdotes of Scott The Queen's Wake Altrive Tales Also Available in Hardback: A Queer Book The Shepherd's Calendar The Three Perils of Woman Tales of the Wars of Montrose Lay Sermons Queen Hynde Anecdotes of Scott The Spy The Private Memoirs and Confessions of a Justified Sinner The Jacobite Relics of Scotland (First Series) The Jacobite Relics of Scotland (Second Series) Winter Evening Tales The Queen's Wake Altrive Tales The Collected Letters of James Hogg, Volume 1, 1800-1819
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Author Biography - James Hogg
Suzanne Gilbert is Lecturer at the University of Stirling. She is a ballad scholar, and a General Editor of the Stirling/South Carolina Edition, for which she has edited Queen Hynde (with Douglas S. Mack).