1570The Masques of Amen House
- May 15, 2000I have what I hope is a cheering announcement. No, I haven't decided
that _The Phantom Menace_ is the greatest work since Gilgamesh, but I am
here to say that _The Masques of Amen House_ will be published by The
Mythopoeic Press this summer. Probably in July.
_The Masques of Amen House_ are three short plays by Charles Williams
allegorizing the publication, sale, and reprinting of a scholarly book,
deriving from his own work as an editor at the Oxford University Press.
They are mythological and allusive as all Williams's work is, but even if
you normally dislike Williams I fancy you might get a kick out of them.
I've been working on compiling and editing this book, in one way or
another, for about five years now, and I'm delighted that it's about to
reach the public. The first two masques were only printed privately in
the 1920s, and are unavailable commercially, though the first one was
recently printed by the Charles Williams Society in their journal. Apart
from that, they've been basically unseen by anyone except a few scholars.
The book is 206 pages, and the price without shipping is $14. The Press is
_not_ taking pre-publication orders, because we don't yet know what the
shipping cost will be. This will of course be announced as soon as the
Press is ready to take orders.
Besides the three masques (The Masque of the Manuscript, The Masque of
Perusal, and The Masque of the Termination of Copyright), the book
includes a large selection of related poetry by Williams (most of it
previously unpublished), five selections from Hubert Foss's musical
settings of the masques for voices and piano (also previously
unpublished), plus textual notes, commentaries, a long introduction to
the masques by Bernadette Bosky, and a separate introduction/commentary
on the music.
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