THIS EDITION INCLUDES
Introduction ♦ Textual note • Bibliography • Chronology Explanatory notes Glossary
A wretched young man, ‘an outcast in the world’ tells the story of his upbringing by a heretical Calvinist minister who leads him to believe that he is one of the elect predestined for salvation and thus above the moral law. Falling under the spell of a mysterious stranger who bears an uncanny likeness to himself, he embarks on a career as a serial murderer.
The first edition text of 1824 has been freshly considered for this new edition. A critical introduction explores the remarkable career of the novel’s author and its historical theological, and cultural contexts.