Evil in Literature

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The list author says: "I thought, if I were teaching a course with a theme of evil in literature, which books would I include? This is what I came up with."
Heart of Darkness (Case Studies in Contemporary Criticism)
1.  Heart of Darkness (Case Studies in Contemporary Criticism) by Joseph Conrad
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  "This book is an impressive and classic exploration of human evil, particularly as it relates to ignorance."
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William Goldings Lord of the Flies
2.  William Goldings Lord of the Flies by William Golding
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  "For those who believe that children are innocent and pure, and free from the taint of evil.  This book may make you reconsider."
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We Have Always Lived in the Castle (Penguin Classics Deluxe Edition)
3.  We Have Always Lived in the Castle (Penguin Classics Deluxe Edition) by Shirley Jackson
The list author says:
  "Evil as it relates to or is manifested in women.  One is tempted to see the heroine as mad but really she is quite sane.  Castle makes one question one's assumptions about women.  Is an evil woman actually insane, or is it just easier to perceive an evil woman as crazy because we can't accept that a woman can have a heart as cold and hard as Hitler's or Pol Pot's?"
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Vanity Fair (Barnes & Noble Classics)
4.  Vanity Fair (Barnes & Noble Classics) by William Makepeace Thackeray
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  "The things people do for the sake of vanity."
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The House in Paris
5.  The House in Paris by Elizabeth Bowen
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  "Sometimes human beings will commit great evil in the name of love.  What is love anyway, if not evil itself?"
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The Bloody Chamber: And Other Stories
6.  The Bloody Chamber: And Other Stories by Angela Carter
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  "These short stories explore evil in different forms--the abusive and murdering husband, the accomplice wife, greed, desire, sexual confusion, nature, the supernatural, etc.."
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The Man Who Loved Children: A Novel
7.  The Man Who Loved Children: A Novel by Christina Stead
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  "Mental and physical abuse, desperation, suicide by self-immolation...this is quite an intense book.  Stead is known for flaying your sensibilities and this book lives up to that claim.  A harrowing look at evil in the modern nuclear family."
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Les Liaisons dangereuses (Oxford World's Classics)
8.  Les Liaisons dangereuses (Oxford World's Classics) by David Coward
The list author says:
  "The battle of the sexes is center stage as two depraved aristocrats plot and figure out how to destroy each other.  The battle of the sexes itself emerges as a great evil in this story."
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Curios: Some Strange Adventures of Two Bachelors
9.  Curios: Some Strange Adventures of Two Bachelors by Richard Marsh
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  "The quirky stories in this slim volume explore the evil of greed as two collectors ply their trade, often to ruinous results."
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The Invisible Worm
10.  The Invisible Worm by Jennifer Johnston
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  "This book is about violence and the need to stand up to it."
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The House of Mirth (Penguin Great Books of the 20th Century)
11.  The House of Mirth (Penguin Great Books of the 20th Century) by Elizabeth Ammons
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  "An upper class set destroys one of its own with gossip, jealousy, and dilettantism that eventually drive her to suicide.  Society can indeed be very evil, at least according to Wharton."
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City of Night (Rechy, John)
12.  City of Night (Rechy, John) by John Rechy
The list author says:
  "The human evils of shame, fear, and denial keep the protagonist from developing solid, nurturing relationships with other men.  A unique exploration of human and spiritual darkness that still goes unrecognized in modern American letters."
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Night
13.  Night by Elie Wiesel
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  "A harrowing train ride to the Nazi death camps is the setting for this novel about what happens when human beings are no longer human beings, but have been reduced to intelligent animals."
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Almanac of the Dead
14.  Almanac of the Dead by Leslie Marmon Silko
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  "The evil of colonialism is explored in this fine novel using the plight of Native-Americans in the US as the setting. Capitalism, colonialism, and psychopathy are all interrelated here."
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Cauldron of Blood: The Matamoros Cult Killings
15.  Cauldron of Blood: The Matamoros Cult Killings by Jim Schutze
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  "Interesting connections emerge between evil sorcerers and psychopaths here.  Also, the idea that psychopathy may be learned is touched on in this book."
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