Bon-Bon (The Bargain Lost)

Edgar Allan Poe’s comedic short story, Bon-Bon was originally published in 1832.

Pierre Bon-Bon is a proud philosopher who considers himself one of the greatest thinkers to have ever lived. However, his philosophical profundity is challenged by a conversation with the Devil, who reveals that he has devoured the souls of innumerable seminal philosophers, including Plato and Aristotle. A witty and thought-provoking story, Bon-Bon is highly recommended for lovers of the short story form, and is not to be missed by fans of Poe’s marvellous work.

Edgar Allan Poe (1809-1849) was an American author, editor, poet, and critic. Most famous for his stories of mystery and horror, he was one of the first American short story writers, and is widely considered to be the inventor of the detective fiction genre.

We are republishing this vintage text, Bon-Bon, in an affordable, high-quality edition complete with a specially commissioned new biography of the author.

Extract from Edgar Allan Poe’s Bon-Bon:

It was a dark and stormy night. The rain fell in cataracts; and drowsy citizens started, from dreams of the deluge, to gaze upon the boisterous sea, which foamed and bellowed for admittance into the proud towers and marble palaces. Who would have thought of passions so fierce in that calm water that slumbers all day long? At a slight alabaster stand, trembling beneath the ponderous tomes which it supported, sat the hero of our story.


Here, at, you can find the best of this fantastic author’s novels, short stories, essays, and poems.

You can also find a biography of Edgar Allan Poe, along with some of his most famous quotes and loved poems.

Through republishing works such as ‘Bon-Bon’, it is hoped that the writing of this author of mystery and the macabre, can continue to delight – almost two centuries after its initial publication.