january: james hogg
Hogg wrote in an autobiographical piece, ‘I always thought to myself – what is to hinder me from succeeding Burns? I too was born on the 25th January.’ The fact that he was baptised on 9th December 1770 and was probably born as early as November in that year was not to get in the way of a good story. Hogg’s persona was constructed as ‘The Ettrick Shepherd’ His prose is not for those looking for a nice, easy bedtime read. Start where you like, but just don’t start with the most obvious! Leave Confessions of a Justified Sinner for a time. There’s a lot more of Hogg to explore. We don't sell Hogg at Unco but he's available from many sources online. You might like to start with three short stories in a collection titled Devil I am sure.