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Record 18883

Reading Experience:

'To my utter mortification and dissappointment I have this day received a letter from my Bookseller refusing my new work on his usual terms of publishing with me. For what? Because forsooth I copy his own words "Though it displays great originality of thought and a good deal of fancy it is of that cast that must draw down comparisons with the romances of the author of Waverly [sic] and manifestly to its disadvantage these being made the criterion of judging of merit therefore he is sorry &c." but the truth is I believe he found I was going to press too hard for money at too early a date'.
Century: 1800-1849
Date: Between 5 May 1821 and 26 Jun 1821
Country: Scotland
Time: n/a
Place: city: Edinburgh
Type of Experience (Reader):
silent aloud unknown
solitary in company unknown
single serial unknown
Type of Experience (Listener):
solitary in company unknown
single serial unknown

Reader/Listener/Reading Group:

Reader:George Boyd
Age Adult (18-100+)
Gender Male
Date of Birth n/a
Socio-economic group: Clerk / tradesman / artisan / smallholder
Occupation: publisher / bookseller
Religion: n/a
Country of origin: Scotland
Country of experience: Scotland
Listeners present if any:
(e.g. family, servants, friends, workmates)
Additional comments: n/a


Text Being Read:

Author: James Hogg
Title: Three Perils of Man, The
Genre: Fiction
Form of Text: Manuscript: Unknown
Publication details: n/a
Provenance: borrowed (other)
sent to him by Hogg


Source Information:

Record ID: 18883  
Source - Print  
  Author: James Hogg
  Editor: Gillian Hughes
  Title: Collected Letters of James Hogg, The
  Place of Publication: Edinburgh
  Date of Publication: 2006
  Vol: II
  Page: 91-2
  Additional comments: n/a

Citation: James Hogg, Gillian Hughes (ed.), Collected Letters of James Hogg, The (Edinburgh, 2006), II, p. 91-2,, accessed: 23 June 2024

Additional comments:

Letter from Hogg to Walter Scott



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