The Spy

Profits seemed to go to the proprietors of the periodicals rather than the authors, so Hogg took the bold but logical step of setting up his own weekly paper. Named The Spy, it was produced on a shoestring and was largely written by Hogg himself. A variety of material, including essays, prose fiction, and poetry, was published during its run, from 1 September 1810 to 24 August 1811. The Spy foundered, however, because of a perception among its readers that it lacked what was called ‘delicacy’; that is to say it did not exhibit enough discretion and restraint in dealing with subjects such as extra-marital sex. (ODNB)

James Hogg
Active Years: 
1810 to 1811