Three Perils of Woman

Three Perils of Woman : a Series of Domestic Scottish Tales

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Both comical and horrific, The Three Perils of Woman is essentially a combination of two stories on similar themes. One is set in the Highlands following the Battle of Culloden and the other in Hogg's Edinburgh. Daring in its subject matter, the novel touches on such delicate topics as prostitution and venereal disease.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 512 pages
  • 162 x 230 x 44mm | 821.02g
  • Edinburgh, United Kingdom
  • English
  • notes
  • 0748604774
  • 9780748604777

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The Three Perils of Woman is essentially a combination of two stories on similar themes, one set in the Highlands following the Battle of Culloden and the other in Hogg's Edinburgh. Daring in its narrative technique, its first readers were confused by the novel's juxtaposition of the comic and the horrific as Hogg explored the relationship between fictional life, as portrayed in, say, the works of Walter Scott, and the realities of nineteenth-century Scotland. Daring in its subject matter, they were also shocked by its treatment of such delicate matters as prostitution and venereal disease. Last printed in any form in the 1820s, this new edition reveals the exceptional quality of The Three Perils of Woman and puts it squarely back into the mainstream of Scottish literature.
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A masterpiece... The editors provide expert guidance to a text dense with allusions and references... and a bewildering variety of languages, dialects, idiolects, proverbs, annotations, styles and genres. These volumes are beautifully produced... each comes with an introduction, notes and a glossary... It is hard to see how they could be bettered... It is wonderful that at last we are going to have a collected edition of this important author without bowdlerization or linguistic interference. The overt aim of publishing material that no one else would touch gives The Three Perils of Women, like so much of Hogg's work, a dangerous, unpredictable quality ... Elegant layout of the new scholarly edition. -- Fiona Stafford These attractive editions of Hogg's work are set directly from the original texts, and in the case of the Perils of Woman and The Shepherd's Calendar, actually represent the first ever republications of the originals. A masterpiece... The editors provide expert guidance to a text dense with allusions and references... and a bewildering variety of languages, dialects, idiolects, proverbs, annotations, styles and genres. These volumes are beautifully produced... each comes with an introduction, notes and a glossary... It is hard to see how they could be bettered... It is wonderful that at last we are going to have a collected edition of this important author without bowdlerization or linguistic interference. The overt aim of publishing material that no one else would touch gives The Three Perils of Women, like so much of Hogg's work, a dangerous, unpredictable quality ... Elegant layout of the new scholarly edition. These attractive editions of Hogg's work are set directly from the original texts, and in the case of the Perils of Woman and The Shepherd's Calendar, actually represent the first ever republications of the originals.
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About James Hogg

Antony J. Hasler is a Professor in English at Saint Louis University. The late Douglas S. Mack was formerly Professor Emeritus of English at the University of Stirling.
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