DOWN THERE (LA BAS): A STUDY IN SATANISM ... Translated by Keene Wallis. Introduction by Robert Baldick. Evanston & New York: University Books, [1958]. Octavo, cloth. First printing of this edition. Translation of LA-BAS (1891). The novel "investigates the beauty of evil at the depths of depravity (or 'down there') ..." - Barron (ed), Fantasy and Horror (1999) 1-74. A "horror masterpiece, the first to examine the phenomenon of modern Satanism ... French author, the quintessential exponent of decadence in literature. As a cultural innovator and stylist, has probably exerted as definitive an influence on horror fiction in this century as Hoffmann and Poe did in the last." - Sullivan (ed), The Penguin Encyclopedia of Horror and the Supernatural, p. 215. This is the best translation extant, a revised and corrected version of the 1924 translation by Kenne Wallis, with informative biographical and critical introduction by Robert Baldick. Barron (ed), Horror Literature 2-43. Reginald 07674. Connolly, The Modern Movement: 100 Key Books from England, France and America 1880-1950 #10. A fine copy in nearly fine dust jacket with touch of rubbing at edges and faint spine fade. (#156060).

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