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.