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because, like the Diabolist, he denied the existence of evil.
crime is what fuels both Chesterton's outrage at the Diabolist and
Williams-Ellis's condemnation of speculators is made in language that reminds us of "The Villa Jones": "Pure and whole-hearted diabolists are as rare in aesthetics as in morals, but that there are those who will still defy their consciences for the sake of personal gain--in any place and at any time--is incontestable" (19).
Baudelaire first appears in Degeneration as a degenerate exhibiting the symptoms characteristic of the Parnassians and Diabolists (pp.
Following this trickle of thought, Hostel bluntly allegorizes the displacement of American guilt onto those irritating snots in Europe, and the diabolists are conveniently located in the seeming terrain vague of the former Eastern Bloc.
In fact, Sullivan places Avery's narrative in the dark tradition of literary diabolists from Sade to Nabokov--entirely fitting since it is in this book that she ventures her darkest exploration yet of human love, obsession and violence, and brilliantly shows us their deeper implications for literature.