Please stop your lion from eating the musicThe Lyre of Orpheus.
Below, for instance, see our recent staging of The King in Yellow. This play remained famously unfinished at the author's death, and certain skeptics deny that it ever existed at all outside of the Library of Babel. But as other bloggers have explained, lacunae in the manuscript were largely filled by James Blish (whose qualifications for that task included his gift for pastiche, and his fondness for all the fantasy greats -- Dunsany, Cabell, James Joyce). Blish's version follows the conventions of Jacobean revenge tragedy: all masques and incest and court intrigue. In the course of
Below: Did someone mention Revenge Tragedy?
Anyway... lurching back to The Lyre of Orpheus... Hoffmann's libretto for King Arthur was also far from complete. All the best Arthurian retellings are left unfinished, going back to Chrétien de Troyes. It must be a tradition, or an old charter or something.
So one of the trustees darned the holes with contributions from a contemporaneous poet... one Thomas Lovell Beddoes.
[explaining voice] Beddoes is an interesting case. Chronologically he belonged to the second generation of Romantic poets, but his sensibilities were more antiquarian, and he spent most of his time trying to write Jacobean revenge tragedies, a couple of centuries too late. [/explaining voice]
See how neatly the circle closes?
The next production from the Riddled Amateur Dramatic Society will be The Courier's Tragedy, by Richard Wharfinger. Though firmly within the Jacobean Revenge tradition, this play seldom disturbs the sanity of audiences (and then only members with a predisposition to paranoia).