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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
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.
Scotland -- Description and travel.
Genre/Form Typefaces (Type evidence)
Form Electronic book
Author CPI Group, printer, binder
Edinburgh University Press, publisher
ISBN 1474415393 (electronic bk.)
9781474415392 (electronic bk.)
Other Titles Ettrick shepherd's journeys through Scotland