Synopses & Reviews
A new edition of the "greatest novel of Scotland"
The Romantic notion of the divided self is nowhere more powerfully conceived than in James Hogg's masterpiece, The Private Memoirs and Confessions of a Justified Sinner<.>. An account of a man haunted by the Devil in the form of his own evil double, it precedes Dostoyevsky's great dramas of sin, self-accusation, and damnation by half a century.
The story of a young man who uses the Calvinist doctrine of predestination to rationalize and acquiesce in the devil's promptings to murder his "worldly" brother. The strength of the book lies in the latter part - a re-telling of the story by the villain himself.
A macabre and haunting 19th century novel.
About the Author
(1770 &1835) was a Scottish poet and novelist best known for The Private Memoirs and Confessions of a Justified Sinner
Karl Miller is the founding editor of the London Review of Books and the author of a celebrated biography of James Hogg.'