The Private Memoirs and Confessions of a Justified Sinner

Author(s): James Hogg


Brought up by a strict Calvinist pastor, Robert Wringham believes he is one of the elect, predestined for salvation while all others - including his real father and brother - are cursed. Convinced he is indestructible and above the law, Robert commits terrible crimes under the influence of Gil-Martin - his physical double - who claims they are acting in God's name to purify the world. But does this mysterious tempter actually exist? Could he be an agent of the devil? Subversive and unsettling, "The Private Memoirs and Confessions of a Justified Sinner" (1824) is a compelling psychological depiction of religious bigotry and the seductive effects of power on a tormented soul.


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James Hogg (1770-1835) was a Scottish poet and novelist. A growing enthusiasm for Scottish poetry led to the publication of his dialect Scottish Pastorals in 1801, and to the friendship of Sir Walter Scott. In later years he published a number of volumes of verse, encouraged by Scott, and in 1824 his masterpiece, The private Memoirs and Confessions of a Justified Sinner. Karl Miller was born in 1931. In 1979, he founded the London Review of Books, a journal he edited for many years. Earlier in his career, Miller was literary editor of the Spectator and the New Statesman, as well as editor of the Listener. His books include Cockburn's Millennium, Doubles, Authors (OUP, 1989) Rebecca's Vest (Penguin, 1994) and Dark Horses (Picador, 1998).

General Fields

  • : 9780141441535
  • : pengui
  • : pengui
  • : 0.24
  • : April 2006
  • : 198mm X 129mm X 18mm
  • : United Kingdom
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : James Hogg
  • : Paperback
  • : 2006
  • : 320