The Private Memoirs and Confessions of a Justified Sinner - Oxford World's Classics (Paperback)
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The Private Memoirs and Confessions of a Justified Sinner - Oxford World's Classics (Paperback)

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'We have heard much of the rage of fanaticism in former days, but nothing to this' A wretched young man, 'an outcast in the world', tells the story of his upbringing by a heretical Calvinist minister who leads him to believe that he is one of the elect, predestined for salvation and thus above the moral law. Falling under the spell of a mysterious stranger who bears an uncanny likeness to himself, he embarks on a career as a serial murderer. Robert Wringhim's Memoirs are presented by an editor whose attempts to explain the story only succeed in intensifying its more baffling and bizarre aspects. Is Wringhim the victim of a psychotic delusion, or has he been tempted by the devil to wage war against God's enemies? Hogg's sardonic and terrifying novel, too perverse for nineteenth-century taste, is now recognized as one of the masterpieces of Romantic fiction. The first edition text of 1824 has been freshly considered for this new edition. A critical introduction explores the remarkable career of the novel's author and its historical, theological, and cultural contexts. ABOUT THE SERIES: For over 100 years Oxford World's Classics has made available the widest range of literature from around the globe. Each affordable volume reflects Oxford's commitment to scholarship, providing the most accurate text plus a wealth of other valuable features, including expert introductions by leading authorities, helpful notes to clarify the text, up-to-date bibliographies for further study, and much more.

Publisher: Oxford University Press
ISBN: 9780199217953
Number of pages: 272
Weight: 199 g
Dimensions: 195 x 130 x 16 mm


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[The] Oxford Worlds Classics edition provides concise background information enough to allow the reader to understand the references without feeling that s/hes reading a history book and a glossary and notes which explain any unfamiliar terms or allusions. The informative introduction, by Ian Duncan, Professor of English at the University of California, Berkeley, sets the book in its historical and literary context, and provides some biographical information on the author. * Leah Galbraith, FictionFan's Book Reviews *

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“The Private Memoirs and Confessions of a Justified Sinner”

I found this book quite a difficult read and did take a while to get into it. However I enjoyed the different narratives and different points of view given by these. I liked how the Editor's narrative told the... More

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“Lively and enchanting...”

This book comprises three sections - an editorial followed by the memoirs themselves and closed with the return of the editor. This volume does have notes and adequately translates the old scots into today's... More

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