12-13. "sung-waisted, full-skirted . . .":
Sam Staggs, All About All About Eve (New York: St. Martin's Press,
2000), p. 119.
21. From "Angels & Devils of Paradise Lost," http://www4.ncsu.edu:8030/-~macollin/:
"There is absolutely no information out there about Mulciber,
or anything resembling the name. The only information that I could
find was what was in Paradise Lost itself. According to my
edition, Mulciber is another name for the Roman god of fire, Vulcan,
however, I couldn't find anything else to support that claim. If this
is true, it would make sense because Mulciber's one and only act in
Paradise Lost is the construction of Pandemonium, the capital
of hell." [cited February 2001]
26. Medea's revenge on Jason and his new wife Glauce, the daughter of
Creon, king of Corinth, the Greek city where Euripides's play is set:
have a cunning plan to kill the princess. I shall send them [Medea's
children] with gifts to offer to the bride . . . a dainty robe and a
headdress of beaten gold. If she takes the finery and puts it on her,
will die in agony. She and anyone who touches her. So deadly are the
poisons in which I shall steep my gifts." (Euripides, Medea,
Hadas and John McLean [New York: Bantam Books, 1960], pp. 49-50) In
alternate translations, Glauce is engulfed in flames when she dons Medea's
crown and robe.
36. Bill Sampson's resemblance to Elia Kazan made obvious to D.T. by
playwright Mart Crowley (telephone conversation, March 2000).
52-55. Jezebel (movie), 1938.
106. When T.S. Eliot met James Joyce in Paris, he is alleged to have
said that the writer had "The pride of Lucifer!"
115. "darkness visible": John Milton, Paradise Lost,
Book I, line 63.
134-136. Dante Alighieri, Inferno, trans.
Allen Mandelbaum (New York: Bantam Books, 1980), Canto V, p. 41.
137. Ibid., line 31.
140. Ibid., line 9.
154. Ibid., line 86.
170. "fangs a-gloat": Dante Alighieri, Inferno, trans.
Dorothy L. Sayers (New York: Penguin Books, 1949), Canto VI, line 23.
182-185. Staggs, AAAAE, p. 137.
200. "the aged dragon of darkness": Beowulf, trans.
Kevin Crossley-Holland (New York: Oxford University Press, 1999), p.
201-202. "earth-cave": Ibid., p. 74; "in a ball / of
flame, burning for vengeance": Ibid., p. 76.
206. "the seething dragon": Ibid., p. 88.
207. Ibid., p. 77: "Then the dragon began to breathe forth fire
. . . ."
211-229. A collage of sentences culled from Whitney Stine's "I'd
Love to Kiss You . . .": Conversations
with Bette Davis (Thorndike, Maine: Thorndike Press, 1990).
233. "shifting phantasmagory": T.S. Eliot on Milton's Paradise
Lost, quoted in Helen Gardner's A Reading of Paradise Lost (Toronto:
Oxford University Press, 1965), p. 46.
236. In Canto VIII of Dante's Inferno, the Fifth Circle, two
small flames atop a watchtower signal the garrison of the City of Dis
that Dante and Virgil are approaching, and a boat is sent to ferry them
across the River Styx.
244-249. Martini and Gibson recipes taken from Internet site "the
Bar O'Bar-A To Z Drink Recipes," http://www.geocities.com/Tokyo/Dojo/2798/bar-g.html
[cited March 2000].
271. "that bears the name of Styx": Dante, Inferno,
trans. Mandelbaum, Canto VII, line 108.
280. Charles Baudelaire, "Lethe," The Flowers of
Evil, trans. James McGowan (New York: Oxford University Press, 1993),
290-292. Homer's hymn to Aphrodite, quoted in Edith Hamilton's Mythology
(New York: Little, Brown and Company,
1942), p. 33.
297. "clad in raiment immortal": Ibid., p. 33.
300. "soft, weak creature": Ibid., p. 34; "Beautiful,
golden goddess": Ibid., p. 33.
304. "two eyes full of poison": Anne Sexton, "Rat's Live
on No Evil Star," line 28.
306-306. Ibid., lines 30-32.