Plot[ edit ] Many of the events of the novel are narrated twice; first by the 'editor', who gives his account of the facts as he understands them to be, and then in the words of the 'sinner' himself.
Early life[ edit ] James Hogg was born on a small farm near Ettrick, Scotland in and was baptized there on 9 December, his actual date of birth having never been recorded.
Robert Hogg was then given the position of shepherd at Ettrickhouse farm by one of his neighbours.
In he served a year working for a tenant farmer at Singlee. In he went to work for Mr. Laidlaw of Ellibank, staying with him for eighteen months. Hogg later said that Laidlaw was more like a father to him than an employer. Seeing how hard he was working to improve himself, Laidlaw offered to help by making books available for Hogg from his own library, and through a local lending library.
Hogg also began composing songs to be sung by local girls. It was at this time that Hogg, his eldest brother, and several cousins, formed a literary society of shepherds. During this period Hogg wrote plays and pastorals, and continued producing songs.
His work as a sheep drover stimulated an interest in the Scottish Highlands. In he left Blackhouse to help take care of his parents at Ettrickhouse. His collection Scottish Pastorals was published early in to favourable reviews.
His patriotic song "Donald Macdonald" also achieved popularity. He met Scott himself the following year and began working for the Edinburgh Magazine.
His experiences on his Highland tours were described in letters to Scott which were published in the Scots Magazine. In —06 he worked as a shepherd, meeting the poet Allan Cunningham and becoming friends with him and his family. In October he became the lover of a young woman named Catherine Henderson.
At the end of summer his daughter by Catherine Henderson was born, baptized on 13 December as Catherine Hogg. He continued working as a sheep-grazer for other farmers, but his debts began to grow throughout — At the end of he began an affair with Elizabeth Beattie, and soon after absconded from his creditors, returning in disgrace to Ettrick.
At the end of he met his future wife Margaret Phillips. His magazine The Spy, begun infailed after a year. At this time he became a member of a debate society called The Forum, eventually serving as its secretary.
In he started planning a long poetical work. It was, in the guise of a competition, a collection of verse tales, of which Kilmeny became and remained the best known.
At the end of he began writing what would later become his well-known poem Mador of the Moor.
In he met William Wordsworth and made a visit to the Lake District to see Wordsworth and other poets. In the Duke of Buccleuch granted him a small farm at Eltrive Moss, where he could live rent-free for his lifetime.
His poem Mador of the Moor was published in Later in the year he published his collection of parodies The Poetic Mirror, achieving a marked success.It was thanks to one of my Goodreads friends’ reviews that I came across James Hogg’s disturbing novel The Private Memoirs and Confessions of a Justified Sinner, which was published anonymously in and which can be read as a warning against religious fanaticism – were it not for the difficult language, it should therefore belong to /5.
Thomas Wilson's Opera, The Confessions of a Justified Sinner (–75), commissioned by Scottish Opera, is based on the novel. Works [ edit ] An etching of James Hogg. NEW YORK REVIEW BOOKS CLASSICS THE PRIVATE MEMOIRS AND CONFESSIONS OF A JUSTIFIED SINNER JAMES HOGG (–) was born in . The Private Memoirs and Confessions of a Justified Sinner () Hogg, selfeducated and - working-class, opposes this elitism and insists upon the greater value of marginal voices.
The Private Memoirs and Confessions of a Justified Sinner by James Hogg Emma John.
Hogg was a shepherd poet, with only six months of formal education. It is a fact that makes this early novel.
It belongs to James Hogg, who published it in It's called The Private Memoirs and Confessions of a Justified Sinner and without it there'd be no Dr Jekyll or Miss Jean Brodie.