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Devil Stories, An Anthology
INTRODUCTION Of all the myths which have come down to us from the East, and of all the creations of Western fancy and belief, the Personality of Evil has had the strongest attraction for the mind of man. The Devil is the greatest enigma that has ever confronted the human intelligence. So large a place has Satan taken in our imagination, and we might also say in our heart, ...more
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Published November 4th 2010 by Spastic Cat Press
(first published 1921)
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I found this delightful 1921 anthology in a collectible book store. The stories are mostly from the mid- to late 1800s. "The Devil and Tom Walker" (1824) by the great Washington Irving could have been ripped from yesterday's headlines about political and financial misdeeds and machinations. The prose is vivid, tight, and bold--not at all what I usually associate with Victorian writing. Another standout is "The Devil's Wager" (1833) by William Makepeace Thackeray, a story that also roasts the pol ...more