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Title: The Private Memoirs and Confessions of a Justified Sinner

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Year of Publication: 1824 (19th century)

Type: Novel

Genre: Historical Fiction, Horror, Supernatural,

Plot Summary: Considered by some to be the greatest of all Scottish novels, the story is set in the late 17th and early 18th centuries. It concerns a young man, Robert Wringhim, who believes himself part of an Elect whom God has chosen for salvation regardless of the good or evil acts they perform in life. Armed with this certainty (or flawed by this conceit), the anti-hero is seduced, tricked and bullied by the Devil into ridding the world of apparently influential sinners. Will he ever escape the Devil’s clutches? Early parts of the story are set in Edinburgh, the West of Scotland, and briefly Peebles, but at this stage it is a mostly mental topography through which the characters move. Later, however, as Wringhim flees Satan, he heads south through a far more realised landscape of Border hills and rural communities, and faces the physical as well as psychological rigours of persecution. Specific Border settings include: Allandale; the rivers Ellan and Tweed (in a gorge near Abbotsford); the inn at Ancrum; a cottage in Chesters; Redesdale; on the moor at Ault Righ; the hills above Hawick; a house near the kirk in Roberton; Ettrick Valley; Altrive Lake (Eltrive); the hills called Eltrive Hope, Faw-Law (Fall Law) and Cowanscroft; the pass of Hart Loup (where a body is found); Eldinhope; Thirlestane Castle; Selkirk; and Ettrick.

Publisher: Edinburgh University Press

Web: http://www.eupjournals.com
ISBN: 0748663150



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