James Hogg's "The Private Memoirs and Confessions of a Justified
Sinner" is a Scottish classic, a quintessentially Gothic tale of
psychological horror, and a relentless attack on Calvinist dogma.
The "Penguin Classics" edition is edited with an introduction and
notes by Karl Miller. Robert Wringham's family is composed of a
dissolute father and brother, a pious mother, and a rival father in
the person of a fanatical Calvinist minister. He comes to believe
that he is one of the elect, predestined to be saved, while others
are damned. Sure of his freedom from the dictates of morality, he
embarks on a series of crimes in the company of a new friend
Gil-Martin, a man of many likenesses who can be mistaken for
Robert, and who explains that they are as one in the holy work of
purifying the world. But who is Gil-Martin? And what does he truly
desire? The Gothic double or doppelganger is nowhere more
powerfully imagined than in "Confessions of a Justified Sinner",
once called 'the greatest novel of Scotland'. This new edition has
an introduction by Karl Miller, which discusses the presence of the
novel in the life and times of James Hogg. It also contains two of
Hogg's most interesting stories, "Marion's Jock" and "John Gray o'
Middleholm". James Hogg (1770-1835) born in Ettrick, in the
Scottish Borders. A shepherd for many years, Hogg was writing poems
by the 1790s, aiding Walter Scott with material for his collection
of ballads, "The Minstrelsy of the Scottish Border". In 1810 he
moved to Edinburgh, where he published several volumes of verse,
and worked on the "Spy" and "Blackwood's Edinburgh Magazine".
"Confessions of a Justified Sinner" was published anonymously in
1824, and is now generally seen as his masterpiece. If you enjoyed
"Confessions of a Justified Sinner", you might like Matthew Lewis's
"The Monk", also available in "Penguin Classics". "A Scottish
classic, a world classic". (Ian Rankin). "A sinister, funny, moving
tale of demonic possession, murder and religious fanaticism".
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