The Private Memoirs and Confessions of a Justified Sinner
In the 1920s the eminent French novelist and critic André Gide was given a copy of James Hogg's neglected masterpiece, The Private Memoirs and Confessions of a Justified Sinner, and went on to record how he had read 'this astounding book [...] with a stupefaction and admiration that increased at... show more
In the 1920s the eminent French novelist and critic André Gide was given a copy of James Hogg's neglected masterpiece, The Private Memoirs and Confessions of a Justified Sinner, and went on to record how he had read 'this astounding book [...] with a stupefaction and admiration that increased at every page'. Many readers have subsequently shared Gide's enthusiasm, and Confessions of a Justified Sinner is now widely recognized as one of the outstanding British novels of the Romantic era. It has also been acclaimed as one of the defining texts of Scotland, with Iain Crichton Smith recently applauding 'a towering Scottish novel, one of the very greatest of all Scottish books'. Peter Garside's new edition excitingly opens out our understanding of Hogg's work, disclosing new levels of previously undected references. It also throws fresh light on the remarkable story of the novel's genesis, while providing the first full and accessible charting of its diverse cultural, theological, geographical, and historical contexts. Edinburgh University Press
Publish date: November 30th 2002
Publisher: NYRB Classics
Pages no: 272
Edition language: English
, European Literature
, British Literature
, 19th Century
I first discovered this book when I was perusing the shelf of a friend of mine from university and the title literally jumped out at me. The first thought that went through my mind was 'wow, this seems to be a good, whole hearted, Christian book' and asked her if I could borrow it. She kindly lent i...
First sentence: "It appears from tradition, as well as some parish registers still extant, that the lands of Dalcastle (or Dalchastel, as it is often spelled) were possessed by a family of the name of Colwan, about one hundred and fifty years ago, and for at least a century previous to that period."...
Of the gothic novels that I've read, this one could most easily be adapted into a modern retelling. It would be perfectly seamless. This is, of course, assuming it hasn't been done already. The book is divided into two sections. The first is an extended not from the "editor", explaining the circumst...
I have no idea what this is! 19th-century Gothic horror of some sort?
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