Deuced Odd; or The Devil's In It

Dante Gabriel Rossetti

General Description

Date: 1851
Genre: story (fragment)


Editorial glosses and textual notes are available in a pop-up window. Line numbering reflects the structure of the 1911.

Scholarly Commentary


DGR began but abandoned this story, according to WMR, in 1851. WMR's note on the tale is so interesting that one regrets DGR never finished it. Apparently it would have featured the devil acting the part of a devil in a play in which the story's narrator, the actor, also played a part.

DGR's gothic imagination was strong, and he had a distinct taste for its comic possibilities, as we see perhaps most clearly in his ballad “Jan Van Hunks”. See also the set of comic verses composed around 1848 (“The devil has gone right”).

Printing History

First published by WMR in “Some Scraps of Verse and Prose by Dante Gabriel Rossetti” Pall Mall Magazine and later collected by WMR in his edition of 1911.


WMR notes that DGR's “incitement towards writing a story about an Actor and the Devil arose partly from his reading some years previously, in Hood's Magazine, a very effective tale about the Devil acting his own part in some piece of diablerie such as Der Freischütz”.

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