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February 21, 2007

Cosmopolitan Shout Out, No. 1

My friend and former editor Richard Byrne, who runs the Research section at the Chronicle of Higher Education, is heading off to Prague, where the one-act version of his play Burn Your Bookes is being performed in the Prague Post's English-language playwriting contest.

He'll also working on the other two acts. The very short version, per Rich: "Burn Your Bookes is set in Prague in the Renaissance court of Emperor Rudolph II. Two alchemical pretenders are under sentence of death by starvation. The English alchemist Edward Kelley happens to wander by their cages -- or is he there for a reason?"

I have books around here someplace with bits of Enochian, the angelic language that Kelley learned during his visions and transmitted to John Dee. He's one of those characters who seems like a brainchild of Umberto Eco.

Congratultions to Rich, who is flying off today, I think.

Posted by smclemee at February 21, 2007 6:38 AM

COMMENTS

I want to read this play!

Posted by: Ed at February 21, 2007 3:32 PM