Private Memoirs and Confessions of A Justified Sinner

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In early years of 18th century, Scotland is torn by religious and political strife. The sinner, justified by his Calvinist conviction that his own salvation is pre-ordained, is suspected of involvement in a series of crimes. A century later his memoirs reveals truth. The tale illustrates effect of self-righteous bigotry on a fanatical character.

ISBN: 9781853261886 Author: Hogg, James Publisher: Wordsworth Editions Publication Date: 4th March 1996 Imprint: Wordsworth Editions Cover: Paperback Dewey: 823.7 (edition:22) Pages: 193 Edition: New Edition Readership: General - Trade / Code: K Category: Subject:

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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