The Private Memoirs and Confessions of a Justified Sinner (Collected Works of James Hogg)
The Private Memoirs and Confessions of a Justified Sinner (Collected Works of James Hogg)
Edinburgh University Press

The Private Memoirs and Confessions of a Justified Sinner (Collected Works of James Hogg)

  • Publish Date: 2001-05-02
  • Binding: Hardcover
  • Author: James Hogg

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A TLS International Book of the Year(TLS, Dec 7, 2001)This now-famous book was given a hostile reception when it first appeared in 1824. It was not reprinted until the late 1830s, when a heavily bowdlerised version was included in a posthumous edition of Hogg's collected Tales and Sketches published by Blackie & Son of Glasgow. Thereafter Confessions of a Justified Sinner attracted little interest until the 1890s, when the unbowdlerised text was printed for the first time since the 1820s. However, the current high reputation of Hogg's novel did not fully begin to establish itself until 1947, when a warmly enthusiastic Introduction by Andr Gide appeared in a new edition of the unbowdlerised text. He 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 recognised as one of the outstanding British novels of the Romantic er

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