BC. Laurence Binyon


29. Preface. Brief Candles. [London]: Golden Cockerel, 1938.

Notes that ‘many years ago’ Binyon, Yeats, Bottomley (see CA3), Masefield (see CA5), Moore (see CA9), and ‘two or three others’ met to discuss the re-establishment of an ‘English Literary Theatre’. Given that all those named tried their hand at verse drama drawn in part either from the nô or from other Japanese sources, one might reasonably assume that ideas about the Japanese drama constituted a part of the discussions. Brief Candles itself is a verse drama, Binyon’s last, but the retelling of the story of Richard III does not rely on methods reminiscent of the nô. The work is dedicated to Bottomley.






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