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Private Memoirs and Confessions of a Justified Sinner (Wordsworth Classics)
by James Hogg
ISBN 1853261882 / 9781853261886 / 1-85326-188-2
Publisher Wordsworth Editions Ltd
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With an Introduction and Notes by David Blair, University of Kent at Canterbury In the early years of the 18th century, Scotland is torn by religious and political strife. Hogg's sinner, justified by his Calvinist conviction that his own salvation is pre-ordained, is suspected of involvement in a series of bizarre and hideous crimes. A century later his memoirs reveal the extraordinary, macabre truth. The tale is chilling for its astute psychological accuracy as it illustrates, with power and economy, the dire effect of self-righteous bigotry on a fanatical character. [via]