The Twilight of the Gods, and Other Tales
Best known for his non-fiction and biographies, Richard Garnett published this collection of his short stories in 1888. "The Twilight of the Gods and Other Tales" includes the title story, in which a mortal girl meets Prometheus on a mountain top; "The Demon Pope," in which a Pope makes good on a favor owed to Lucifer, "Alexander the Ratcatcher," in which Alexander the Eighth enlists the aid of a mysterious rat-killer; "The Elixir of Life," in which the sage Aboniel issues a challenge to his seven trusted disciples; "The Philosopher and the Butterflies," in which a scholar holds discourse with insects in the garden; and twenty-three other tales.
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