The private memoirs and confessions of a justified sinner
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The private memoirs and confessions of a justified sinner

By James Hogg
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One of the supreme masterpieces of Romantic fiction and Scottish literature,The Private Memoirs and Confessions of a Justified Sinneris a terrifying tale of murder and amorality, and of one man's descent into madness and despair. James Hogg's sardonic novel follows a young man who, falling under the spell of a mysterious stranger who bears an uncanny likeness to himself, embarks on a career as a serial murderer. The memoirs are presented by a narrator whose attempts to explain the story only succeed in intensifying its more baffling and bizarre aspects. Is the young man the victim of a psychotic delusion, or has he been tempted by the devil to wage war against God's enemies? The authoritative and lively introduction by Ian Duncan covers the full range of historical and religious themes and contexts, offers a richer and more accurate consideration of the novel's relation to Romantic fiction than found elsewhere, and sheds new light on the novel's treatment of fanaticism. Copious notes identify the novel's historical, biblical, theological, and literary allusions. Ian Duncanis Professor of English at the University of California, Berkeley.

Table of Contents
  • THE PRIVATE MEMOIRS AND CONFESSIONS OF A JUSTIFIED SINNER
  • WRITTEN BY HIMSELF
    • WITH A DETAIL OF CURIOUS TRADITIONARY FACTS, AND OTHER EVIDENCE, BY THE EDITOR
    • By
  • James Hogg
    • THE EDITOR'S NARRATIVE
  • The Private Memoirs and Confessions of a Sinner WRITTEN BY HIMSELF
    • PRIVATE MEMOIRS AND CONFESSIONS OF A SINNER
      • END OF THE MEMOIR
  • THE PRIVATE MEMOIRS AND CONFESSIONS OF A JUSTIFIED SINNER: WRITTEN BY HIMSELF Fideli certa merces.
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