Describes and evaluates the varying accounts given by the Scottish poet and novelist James Hogg (1770-1835) of his first encounter with the poems of the Scottish poet Robert Burns (1759-1796), exploring inconsistencies of dating and differences in detail between the best-known version, the "Memoir of the Author's Life" in Hogg's Altrive Tales(1832) and the earlier "Memoir" in his The Mountain Bard (1807), and discussing also two other versions, a long note in the Hogg-Motherwell edition of Burns (1834) and a letter Hogg wrote to an unidentified correspondent that same year. Briefly analyses and quotes Hogg's memorial poem on Robert Burns, "Robin's Awa'."
Mack, Douglas S.
"James Hogg's First Encounter with Burns's Poetry,"
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