SATAN'S DIARY ... With a Preface by Herman Bernstein. Leonid Nikolaivich Andreyev, Leonidas Andreiyeff.

SATAN'S DIARY ... With a Preface by Herman Bernstein. New York: Boni and Liveright Publishers, [1920]. Octavo, pp. [1-2] [i-iv] v-xvii [xviii-xx] 1-263 [264-266: blank] [note: first and last leaves are blanks], original blue cloth, front and spine panels stamped in light green, top edge stained blue, fore and bottom edges rough trimmed. First edition in English. "Andreyev, a depressive who attempted suicide more than once, led a tortured yet prolific life. He came into his own around the turn of the century after Gorki gave him some encouragement. His writings began to appear in English translation soon thereafter, resonating with a postwar audience whose mood was a cocktail of disillusionment and iconoclastic abandon. While the darkness of the fin-de-siecle decadents had a certain velvety texture, Andreyev's was as raw as bathtub vodka." - Robert Eldridge. "As his stories, novels and plays sank ever more deeply into the abyss of horror which was his milieu, he grew to be accepted as the 'apostle of gloom' and the master of chaos ... In his work, if he resembles any other author, it is Poe -- but a Poe who has crossed the border of fantasy into the realm of absolute blackness." - Kunitz and Haycraft, Twentieth Century Authors, pp. 28-29. Bleiler (1978), p. 5. Reginald 00331. Ettlinger and Gladstone, Russian Literature, Theatre and Art: A Bibliography of Works in English, Published Between 1900-1945, p. 31. Neat owner's signature on front free endpaper. A tight, clean, very good copy. Scarce. (#113580).

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