By Conrad Aiken
The sunlight is atmosphere over Harvard, and Jasper Ammen isn't really inspired. a super pupil who loathes all that the realm has positioned sooner than him, he gazes with contempt on the fantastic thing about the campus, the highbrow pretensions of his fellow scholars, and the gaudiness of the sundown, for none of those methods the majesty of Jasper’s brain. A reader of Nietzsche and Stirner, he's confident of his personal superiority, and has made up our minds to end up it within the such a lot irrefutable demeanour: with definitely the right murder.
Ammen will opt for his sufferer at random and dedicate the unsolvable crime earlier than a number of witnesses who will see what occurs yet now not manage to comprehend it. purely his closest neighbors will notice that he has gotten away with homicide, and so they won’t manage to cease him or see him punished for the ghastly deed.
An excessive and aggravating portrait of rationalism taken to a perilous extreme, King Coffin ranks along the works of Henry James and Fyodor Dostoevsky as a masterpiece of mental realism.
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