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Author Gilkison, Bruce, author.

Title Walking with James Hogg : the Ettrick shepherd's journeys through Scotland / Bruce Gilkison
Published Edinburgh : Edinburgh University Press, [2016]
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Description 1 online resource (xi, 178 pages) : illustrations, map
Contents First steps: a rough road -- Hogg's Ettrick (1802): a state of nature -- Central Highlands (1802): their remarkable inhabitants -- Western Highlands and islands (1803): strange and wonderful views -- Western Highlands and islands (1804): misfits and misfortune -- Arrivals and departures: life and other journeys -- Life after death: a never-ending journey
Summary James Hogg, also known as the Ettrick Shepherd, was a writer, poet, sportsman, musician and larger-than-life personality. In 1802, uneducated and still unknown, he set out on the first of a series of journeys through Scotland, from the Borders to the Highlands and Hebrides. The journeys were inspiring, life-changing and often frightening. They led him to a life of chaos, failures, fame, fun and literary masterpieces. Now, a descendant follows his footsteps and reflects on his experiences, and on the remarkable rediscovery of Hogg's works a century after his death. It is a story of tenacity, of daring to be different and, against all odds, success and a flourishing legacy. It is a lively look at an extraordinary life and some of his works, including Confessions of a Justified Sinner, considered by many to be one of the greatest novels ever written. Bruce Gilkison, a New Zealander and a great-great-grandson of Hogg's, walked through Scotland to discover what was special about him and his journeys. Like Hogg, he had no idea where these travels might lead. He found a world of stunning landscapes, fairies and mystery, genius and ambiguity, friendships and back-stabbings, and learnt about his flawed, lovable and eccentric ancestor. Key Features:. Celebrates the extraordinary life of a flawed and lovable character, and provides a brief and accessible study of Hogg's works Examines three Scottish journeys and provides an account of the same trips recreated by one of his great-great-grandsons Provides a guide to parts of Hogg's travels in the Highlands, Western Isles and some other locations, showing how these influenced his career and his writing Demonstrates Hogg's ongoing relevance in the 21st century
Notes "Typeset in 10/12 Adobe Sabon by IDSUK (DataConnection) ltd, and printed and bound in Great Britain by CPI Group (UL) Ltd, Croydon CRo 4YY"--Title page verso
Includes glossary
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
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Subject Hogg, James, 1770-1835 -- Travel -- Scotland
Hogg, James, 1770-1835.
LITERARY COLLECTIONS / European / English, Irish, Scottish, Welsh
Scotland -- Description and travel.
Genre/Form Typefaces (Type evidence)
Form Electronic book
Author CPI Group, printer, binder.
Edinburgh University Press, publisher.
LC no. 2016288297
ISBN 1474415393
Other Titles Ettrick shepherd's journeys through Scotland