The haunting story of two brothers: one happy, the other tormented by demons
George and Robert are brothers, but their upbringings couldn’t have been more different. George was raised by his fun-loving father, while Robert was brought up in the stern Calvinist faith, taught to see Satan lurking around every corner. The siblings were always enemies, and when George is found with a sword buried in his back, Robert is named the culprit, beginning a strange and terrible journey that will take him out of his mind—and into the arms of the devil himself.
This unique novel, first published in 1824, is one of the most remarkable explorations of supernatural evil in Western literature. A gothic masterpiece told from multiple perspectives, its influence can be felt in the works of authors from Robert Louis Stevenson to Stephen King.
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About the author
James Hogg (1770–1835) was a Scottish novelist, essayist, and poet. After spending his youth driving sheep and writing music, he moved to Edinburgh to begin a literary career, and became one of the most celebrated intellectuals of his day. He is best remembered as the author of the gothic novel The Private Memoirs and Confessions of a Justified Sinner (1824).
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