The Private Memoirs & Confessions of a Justified Sinner

The Private Memoirs & Confessions of a Justified Sinner

Details

Author(s)
James Hogg
Format
Paperback | 224 pages
Dimensions
129 x 198 x 12mm | 144g
Publication date
27 Aug 2012
Publisher
Wordsworth Editions Ltd
Publication City/Country
Herts, United Kingdom
Language
English
Edition
New edition
Edition Statement
New edition
ISBN10
1853261882
ISBN13
9781853261886
Bestsellers rank
15,350

Description

With an Introduction and Notes by David Blair, University of Kent at Canterbury

James Hogg's most ambitious prose work, The Private Memoirs and Confessions of a Justified Sinner, is now widely acclaimed as his masterpiece.

In the early years of the 18th century, Scotland is torn by religious and political strife. Hogg's sinner, justified by his Calvinist conviction that his own salvation is pre-ordained, is suspected of involvement in a series of bizarre and hideous crimes. A century later his memoirs reveal the extraordinary, macabre truth.
The tale is chilling for its astute psychological accuracy as it illustrates, with power and economy, the dire effect of self-righteous bigotry on a fanatical character.

In the first half of his new introduction David Blair provides a detailed explanation of the historical and religious contexts of Hogg's novel. In the second half he probes the book's brilliant, complex engagement with issues of identity, history and narrative itself.


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