James Hogg

James Hogg (1770 – 1835) was a Scottish poet and novelist who is best known for his novel 'The Private Memoirs and Confessions of a Justified Sinner'. Hogg, often referred to as 'The Ettrick Shepherd', was a contemporary of writers such as Sir Walter Scott and is considered a significant figure in the Scottish Romantic movement. His work is characterized by its exploration of the Scottish identity, folklore, and the supernatural.


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  1. 1. The Private Memoirs and Confessions of a Justified Sinner

    Set in 18th century Scotland, the novel explores the psychological downfall of a deeply religious man who believes he is predestined for salvation and thus justified in committing a series of murders. He is driven to this path of self-destruction by a mysterious stranger who may be either a devilish tempter or a manifestation of his own deranged mind. The book serves as a critique of religious fanaticism and a chilling exploration of the dark side of human nature.