The Secret History by Donna Tartt
In Alfred Hitchcock’s film Rope (1948), based in part on the Leopold and Loeb murder case of 1924, two students are inspired by the teachings of a Nietzschean prep school housemaster (played by James Stewart in perhaps his most atypical role) to commit a murder. In their zeal to go “beyond good and evil,” they strangle a former classmate, and almost fla…
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