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Description - The Private Memoirs and Confessions of a Justified Sinner by James Hogg

A new edition of Hogg's haunting tale of a devilish doppleganger, edited and introduced by Hogg's celebrated biographer Karl Miller.

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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Book Details

ISBN: 9780141441535
ISBN-10: 0141441534
Format: Paperback / softback
(198mm x 129mm x 18mm)
Pages: 320
Imprint: Penguin Classics
Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
Publish Date: 25-May-2006
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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Author Biography - James Hogg

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).

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