James Hogg (1770-1835)
Struggling poet and novelist
James Hogg was a farmer, who despite a lack of formal education hoped to become a famous writer and poet. Due to his rustic background he became known as 'the Ettrick Shepherd'.
Hogg's poetry, including 'Pilgrims of the Sun' (1815) and 'The Queen's Wake' (1813), was well received by literary critics but he earned only reasonably small amounts from his writing. Hogg's works were published by John Murray II and by numerous Edinburgh publishers including Constable, Oliver & Boyd, and Blackwood.
Although Hogg's 'Private Memoirs and Confessions of a Justified Sinner,' published by Longmans, is now widely considered a classic, during Hogg's lifetime it did not enjoy any critical success and had very few sales.
As Hogg was often struggling financially he frequently wrote to John Murray II regarding money. Also Hogg was friends with many of Murray's literary circle, including Lord Byron and Sir Walter Scott, and he often discussed them.
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NRA name: Hogg, James (1770-1835), poet and novelist.
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