Books: Macabre Novel

ALRAUNE—Hans Heinz Ewers—John Day ($5).

Without the conscious curdling of Edgar Allen Poe's horrors, the dank fragrance of Baudelaire's Flowers of Evil, the legend of Dr. Faustus, certain music of Wagner, all the paintings of Felicien Rops, the word macabre would be impossible to define. In art the macabre appeals to Christian superstition, to an appetite for the unnatural caused by satiety with the natural. The girl Alraune was conceived by her father while he was being hanged by the neck. Her father and mother never knew each other. The mother was one...

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