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Winter Evening Tales (1820; second edition 1821) was James Hogg's most successful work of prose fiction in his lifetime. Its experimental medley of novellas, tales, poems and sketches posed a lively alternative to the dominant form of the historical novel established by Walter Scott. The collection includes terse masterpieces of mystery and the uncanny, virtuoso improvisations on folktale themes, and two brilliant autobiographical novellas, The Renowned Adventures of Basil Lee and Love Adventures of Mr George Cochrane. This paperback edition takes account of newly-discovered information about An Old Soldier's Tale and The Long Pack. A critical introduction, explanatory notes, reading list and Hogg chronology are provided to assist the reader in appreciating Hogg's entertaining and challenging tale collection to the full.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780748620869
ISBN-10: 0748620869
Format: Paperback
(216mm x 138mm x 22mm)
Pages: 648
Imprint: Edinburgh University Press
Publisher: Edinburgh University Press
Publish Date: 14-Dec-2004
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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Author Biography - James Hogg

Ian Duncan is Professor of English at the University of California, Berkeley. His published works include editions for Oxford World Classics of Scott's Rob Roy and Ivanhoe, John Buchan's The Island of Sheep, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's The Lost World and W.H. Hudson's Green Mansions.

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