29 December, 2013 by

005 – Bon Bon

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This month we’re discussing the tale “Bon Bon”, originally released as “The Bargain Lost”.

  • As always the Edgar Allan Poe Society of Baltimore have  a lot of information on the various edits of this story.
  • This story was to be presented by De Rerum Natura, Esqr. of the Folio Club, a sinister character who may have been the Devil in disguise.
  • Dante’s Inferno is an epic Italian satirical poem forming the first third of the divine comedy.
  • Pierre Bonbon spends most of the story consuming various wines including Mousseux.
  • Among the philosophers the Devil claims to have eaten is Francois Marie Arouet, the real name of Voltaire.
  • The Stainless Steel Rat is a series of books by Harry Harrison, the one Guy was thinking of this episode is infact “The Stainless Steel Rat Wants You“.
  • Of course no reference to the Devil giving literary criticism could go by without this.

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