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Monday, 7 January 2013

The Private Memoirs and Confessions of a Justified Sinner: Selected Book Covers

Covering The Private Memoirs and Confessions of a Justified Sinner

“Book covers can be seen as a doorway through which we glimpse the text. The illustrated front is an advertisement and a tease, partially revealing, partially concealing the content.  It is the threshold between the public commercial arena where the book is for sale and the more intimate world of the text where the author speaks to us alone. In the bookshop or the library it is a place of negotiation and decision. The cover dallies with us – should we open the book? Should we take it and own it? Will it give us the enjoyment we seek? In particular it leads to browsing behaviour and is a site for the pleasures of choice and anticipation which is a prelude to the sale and consumption of a work” (Alexis Weedon, "In Real Life: Book Covers in the Internet Bookstore." Judging a Book by its Cover, ed. Nicole Matthews and Nickianne Moody [Aldershot: Ashgate, 2007], 117).
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Hogg, James. The Private Memoirs and Confessions of a Justified Sinner. Intro. André Gide. London: The Cresset Press, 1947. Print.

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Hogg, James. The Private Memoirs and Confessions of a Justified SinnerIntro. André Gide. New York: Grove Press, 1959. Print.

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Hogg, James. The Private Memoirs and Confessions of a Justified Sinner. Ed. John Carey. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1969. Print. Oxford English Novel Series.


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Hogg, James. The Private Memoirs and Confessions of a Justified Sinner. Ed. John Carey. New Ed. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1970. Print. Oxford Paperbacks.


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Hogg, James. The Private Memoirs and Confessions of a Justified Sinner. Intro. Robert Adams.  New York: W.W. Norton, 1970. Print.




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Hogg, James. The Private Memoirs and Confessions of a Justified Sinner. Ed. John Wain. Harmondsworth: Penguin, 1983. Print. Penguin Classics.


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Hogg, James. The Private Memoirs and Confessions of a Justified Sinner. Harmondsworth: Penguin, 1987. Print. Penguin Classics.

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Hogg, James. The Private Memoirs and Confessions of a Justified Sinner. Ed. Elaine Petrie. Aberdeen: Association for Scottish Literary Studies, 1988. Print.



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Hogg, James. The Private Memoirs and Confessions of a Justified Sinner. Intro. David Groves. Edinburgh: Canongate, 1991. Print. 



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Hogg, James. The Private Memoirs and Confessions of a Justified Sinner. New York: Knopf: Distributed by Random House, 1992. Print. Everyman's Library.



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Hogg, James. The Private Memoirs and Confessions of a Justified Sinner. Ware, Hertfordshire: Wordsworth Editions, 1996. Print. Wordsworth Classics.


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Hogg, James. The Private Memoirs and Confessions of a Justified Sinner. Ware, Hertfordshire: Wordsworth Editions, 1997. Print. Wordsworth Classics.


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Hogg, James. The Private Memoirs and Confessions of a Justified Sinner. Ware, Hertfordshire: Wordsworth Editions, 1999. Print. Wordsworth Classics.


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Hogg, James. The Private Memoirs and Confessions of a Justified Sinner. Ed. John Carey.  Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1999. Print. Oxford World's Classics.


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Hogg, James. The Private Memoirs and Confessions of a Justified SinnerKöln: Könemann, 1999. Print.



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Hogg, James. The Private Memoirs and Confessions of a Justified Sinner. Ed. Adrian Hunter. Peterborogh, ON: Broadview, 2001. Print.


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Hogg, James. Memorias privadas y confesiones de un pecador justificado. Trans. Francisco Torres OliverMadrid: Valdemar, 2001. Print.



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Hogg, James. The Private Memoirs and Confessions of a Justified Sinner. Intro. Margaret Livesey. New York: New York Review of Books, 2002. Print. NYRB Classics.


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Hogg, James. The Private Memoirs and Confessions of a Justified Sinner. Ed. Peter Garside. Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, 2002. Print. Stirling / South Carolina Research Edition of the Collected Works of James Hogg.


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Hogg, James. The Private Memoirs and Confessions of a Justified Sinner. Intro. David Blair. Ware, Hertfordshire: Wordsworth Editions, 2003. Print. Wordsworth Classics.


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Hogg, James. The Private Memoirs and Confessions of a Justified Sinner. Doylestown, PA: Wildside Press, 2003. Print.




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Hogg, James. The Private Memoirs and Confessions of a Justified Sinner. Ed. Karl Miller. Harmondsworth: Penguin, 2006. Print. Penguin Classics.


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Hogg, James. Memorias privadas y confesiones de un pecador justificado. Trans. Francisco Torres Oliver. Madrid: Nórdica Libros, 2008. Print.


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Hogg, James. The Private Memoirs and Confessions of a Justified Sinner. Radford, VA: Wilder, 2008. Print.



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Hogg, James. The Private Memoirs and Confessions of a Justified Sinner. Pref. Ian Rankin. New Ed. Edinburgh: Canongate, 2008. Print. 



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Hogg, James. The Private Memoirs and Confessions of a Justified Sinner. Intro. Lucy Hughes-Hallett. London: Vintage Books, 2009. Print. Vintage Classics.


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Hogg, James. The Private Memoirs and Confessions of a Justified Sinner.  Weardale: Aziloth Books, 2010. Print. Cathedral Classics.





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Hogg, James. The Private Memoirs and Confessions of a Justified Sinner. Ed. Ian Duncan. New. Ed. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2010. Print. Oxford World’s Classics.


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Hogg, James. The Private Memoirs and Confessions of a Justified Sinner. Harmondsworth: Penguin, 2012. Print. Penguin Classics.



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Dr. Caroline McCracken-Flesher, Professor of English and Department Head at the University of Wyoming, presented a paper on teaching Hogg at the James Hogg conference at the University of Stirling in 2007. During this talk she noted that covers of editions of The Private Memoirs and Confessions of a Justified Sinner "demonstrate both the determination of publishers to classify the text and their difficulty in so doing." She stated that "covers imply particular understandings or failures to understand the complexities of this text." She concluded that "perhaps the Francisco de Goya cover (The Pilgrimage to San Isidro) on the 2006 Penguin Classics edition, edited by Karl Miller, comes closest to conveying these complexities, with its indication of the subjective disturbance suffered by Robert Wringhim’s audience and by the audience for The Private Memoirs and Confessions of a Justified Sinner." 

Holly Faith Nelson

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