Alternately comical and sentimental, ironic and poignant, Prince of Darkness, like much of Powers' work, exploits as well as subverts our expectations about men of God and their cloistered lives.
In his letters, J.F. Powers mentioned meeting Ezra Pound at Saint Elizabeth's, and Pound teasing him a little about "The Prince of Darkness" as magazine work and not up to what he could do. I do like the story, and liked also Fr. Burner's apparent reformation in "Defection of a Favorite."