"The Private Memoirs and Confessions of a Justified Sinner", (Full title, 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) is a novel by the Scottish author James Hogg, published anonymously in 1824. Considered by turns part-gothic novel, part-psychological mystery, part-metafiction, part-satire, part-case study of totalitarian thought, it can also be thought of as an early example of modern crime fiction in which the story is told, for the most part, from the point of view of its criminal anti-hero. The action of the novel is located in a historically definable Scotland with accurately observed settings, and simultaneously infers a pseudo-Christian world of angels, devils, and demonic possession. It was described by the critic Walter Allen as "the most convincing representation of the power of evil in our literature". In 2008, the UK's Daily Telegraph included "The Private Memoirs and Confessions of a Justified Sinner" in its list of 50 Best Cult Books. Einstein Books' edition of "The Private Memoirs and Confessions of a Justified Sinner" includes supplementary texts: " The Mysterious Bride, by James Hogg. " Selected Poems Of James Hogg (Kilmeny, Caledonia, The Skylark). " A Few Quotes Of James Hogg.