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Book Title: The Brownie of Bodsbeck|
The author of the book: James Hogg
Edition: Scottish Academic Press
Date of issue: 1976
ISBN 13: 9780701121150
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The Brownie of Bodsbeck, the first novel by James Hogg, one of Scotland's greatest writers, is set in the late seventeenth century, at the end of the "Killing Times," when Presbyterian reformers, the Covenanters, were mercilessly persecuted by the King's forces. It is the story of the farmer of Chapelhope farm in the Scottish Borders who is beset by problems - his farm is haunted by the mysterious Brownie, his daughter appears to be in league with the spirit world and a party of fugitive Covenanters is hiding out on his land. In spite of the risk of confiscation of his stock or a possible death sentence if he is caught, he secretly helps the fugitives. He is arrested by the King's forces, and eventually tried for his 'crimes' in Edinburgh, but in his absence the haunting of his farm grows more serious...
The text of The Brownie in the standard nineteenth century edition of Hogg's Works contains at least three layers of unauthorised revision. This edition, which is based on a comparison of Hogg's manuscript and early printed editions, removes these layers of bowdlerisation to provide a more accurate text than any previous edition.
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Read information about the authorJames Hogg was a Scottish poet, novelist and essayist who wrote in Scots and English. As a young man he worked as a shepherd and farmhand, and was largely self-educated through reading. He was a friend of many of the great writers of his day, including Sir Walter Scott, of whom he later wrote an unauthorized biography. He became widely known as the "Ettrick Shepherd", a nickname under which some of his works were published, and the character name he was given in the widely read series Noctes Ambrosianae, published in Blackwood's Magazine. He is best known today for his novel The Private Memoirs and Confessions of a Justified Sinner. His other works include the long poem The Queen's Wake, his collection of songs Jacobite Reliques, and the novels The Three Perils of Man, The Three Perils of Woman, and The Brownie of Bodsbeck.
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