Vandover and the Brute Author:Frank Norris A fantastic story of the power of evil in a book so starkly realistic that it was considered almost unpublishable at the turn of the century. This novel is a landmark in the growth of psychology and psychoneurosis in American literature. In the world of Victorian mores and suppression, Frank Norris' work appeared as a rude shock. He explored ... more »the dark side of human nature and behavior in a way that painfully disturbed his contemporaries.
Vandover and the Brute is both a searing study of an individual in the grip of a rare mental disease as well as a detailed social document of 19th century San Francisco. In this work the main character degenerates through debauchery till he reaches the state of literally becoming an animal. Norris gives a terrifying picture of the results of lycanthropy, a mania in which a person imagines himself to be a wolf.« less