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The Three Perils Of Man
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ISBN:
9780862416461
Categories
Classic Fiction
Imprint
Canongate Classics
Publication Date
23 June 2008
Format
Paperback
Status
Available for Sale
Publisher
Birlinn Limited
Extent
573

The Three Perils Of Man

War, Women and Witchcraft

Regarded as Hogg's most ambitious work of fiction, The Three Perils of Man is an extraordinary combination of the fantastic, the funny, the serious and the historically realistic that must be unique in literature. The adventures of the characters, told with the author's characteristically bold simplicity, are many, mad, and breathtakingly fast. Ranging from Galloway to Northumberland, the main focus of the story is to be found in the Scottish Borders. Hogg knew and loved the Borders well, and the book is full of their oral tradition and local lore. In his attempt to synthesis this material with history, romance and the high literary ideals of his time, Hogg's nearest modern parallels would be a combination of Tolkein and Iain Banks.

James Hogg (1770 – 1835) was born on his father’s farm in the Ettrick Forest near Selkirk in the Scottish Borders. He left school for farm work at the age of seven and became a shepherd in his teens. Steeped in the Oral tradition and encouraged by one of his employers, he determined to become a poet like Burns. He became friends with Walter Scott when the latter’s interest in collecting old ballads led him to Hogg’s mother. In 1810 he went to Edinburgh to seek a literary career. In his own time Hogg was best known as a journalist for Blackwood’s Magazine. Though his epic poem 'The Queen’s Wake' was a success, even The Private Memoirs and Confessions of a Justified Sinner - now the most famous of his works - received little recognition when it was published.






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