Francis Warner and Tradition: An Introduction to the Plays - Glyn PursgloveColin Smythe/Humanities Press, 1981, Hardback in Dust Wrapper.
Condition: Very Good — in Very Good Dust Wrapper. Gently faded at the spine of the dust wrapper with rubbing at the spine ends and tips of the panels. Previous owners' inscription to the first blank. Pages lightly age-tanned, heavier so toward the margins.
From the cover: “Until now there has been no full-length study of all of the remarkable series of plays written by Francis Warner during the 1970s. That need is now met by the publication of this work. Francis Warner’s plays are startlingly experimental in their use of theatrical resources, but this study shows them to be deeply traditional too. The plays are examined in relation to such diverse traditions and disciplines as neo-Platonism and cerebellar anatomy, Jacobean tragedy and Pauline theology. The book explores analogies and sources in the works of, amongst others, Picasso, Ficino and Yeats. In a play by play account, emphasis is placed upon the continuity of Francis Warner’s dramatic concerns, as seen in the plays of the Requiem trilogy, their preparatory Maquettes, and their successors, A Conception of Love and Light Shadows. Detailed examination of the texts elucidates many of the references in these richly allusive works, as well as clarifying those patterns of image and symbol which sustain so much of Warner’s dramatic statement. The plays are seen as theatrical and poetic contemplations upon the survival of light in surrounding darkness, as affirmations of the enduring human spirit in a world where men are ‘wracked by doubts but capable of glimpses of perfection’. Pursglove has provided a lively and thorough guide that will enhance the pleasure and understanding of all viewers and readers of the plays.”