The Collected Works of James Hogg: Winter evening tales

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Edinburgh University Press, 2002 - 648 pages

Winter Evening Tales(1820; second edition 1821) was James Hogg's most successful work of prose fiction in his lifetime. Exhibiting the most complex genesis of any of Hogg's works, it is the outstanding example of a 'national' genre pioneered by him - the miscellaneous collection of popular and traditional narratives. Hogg's 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 - the highlights of the edition - two brilliant autobiographical novellas, The Renowned Adventures of Basil Leeand Love Adventures of Mr George Cochrane.

Reprinted in incomplete and unreliable texts in Victorian editions of Hogg's works, Winter Evening Talesfell into almost total obscurity after the author's death. The Stirling/ South Carolina Edition of the Collected Works of James Hoggis delighted to republish this key work in Hogg's career in its entirety for the first time since the early nineteenth century.

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About the author (2002)

James Hogg was a Scottish poet, novelist and essayist who wrote in both Scots and English. He is best known for his novel The Private Memoirs and Confessions of a Justified Sinner.

Ian Duncan studied at King's College, Cambridge, and Yale University; he is Florence Green Boxby Professor of English at the University of California, Berkeley. His books include Modern Romance and Transformations of the Novel (1992), Scott's Shadow: The Novel in Romantic Edinburgh (2007), and editions of works by Walter Scott and James Hogg. He is a General Editor of the Collected Works of James Hogg.

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