Three short plays in verse celebrating the work of the Oxford University Press by Charles Williams, with an introduction by Bernadette Lynn Bosky and annotations by David Bratman.
From the Inside Flap
"Charles Williams's masques are an intellectual frolic. Sometimes they deliver sharp and shrewdly apt comments on the publishing process. Sometimes this merges into a virtuoso display of Williams's own quirks and quiddities. They are fun to read, and to imagine being performed before Caesar--also known as Humphrey Milford, Publisher to the august Oxford University Press. As a former London publisher myself I can vouch for the accurate but impish background to the masques. Such events would be hard to imagine occurring within the book-publishing industry today. But then Williams, like all the Inklings, was an original, and caused unexpected things to happen." --Rayner Unwin, former Chairman, George Allen & Unwin Ltd.; publisher of the works of J.R.R. Tolkien "It is good to have, at last, easy access to these remarkable products of Williams's overflowing creative energy, which he placed here at the service of his ideal of congenial and mutually supportive community. The ingenuity and serious playfulness of his masques provide much delight. Selections from the music composed for them and from related occasional verse help round out our experience. An excellent introduction and judicious notes guide us through the topical and personal allusions and offer glimpses into the enigmas of Williams's life." --Charles A. Huttar, Professor Emeritus of English, Hope College; co-editor of The Rhetoric of Vision: Essays on Charles Williams