One of James Hogg's longest and daring works, The Three Perils of Man tells two stories: a supernatural plot located at Aikwood Castle and a chivalric located at Roxburgh Castle. A series of embedded narratives provides the reader with, among other things, a picture of Hogg's traditional and timeless rural world and an overview of early Scottish history. Gillian Hughes reproduces Hogg's original manuscript, restoring the name of Sir Walter Scott (used through most of the manuscript) and passages excised or omitted during the preparation of the printed edition. Hogg's explicit language is brought back, and the restoration of Scott's name and character in particular make explicit the extent to which this novel challenges the author's dominance in portraying a chivalric past. Any assessment of Hogg as a major novelist, especially a major historical novelist, must consider this edition of The Three Perils of Man.
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