The Theme of Beatrice in the Plays of Claudel.
London, Rockliff Publishing Corporation, 1954. 14 x 22cm. (9), 102 pages. Original clothbound hardcover. Very good condition, spine very slightly scuffed, small ink mark on front board, endpapers slightly foxed. Previous owner’s name on front free endpaper.
An analysis of the theme of love in the work of Paul Claudel, and in particular the attempts of Claudel to transform human love into divine love. The relationship between Claudel’s work and Dante’s work is examined, with a focus on the influence of Dante’s treatment of love on Claudel’s approach to the theme. The character of Beatrice is seen as the archetype of Claudel’s heroines.
Contents include: Dante and Beatrice / Claudel and Beatrice / Violaine / Ysé / Pensée and Orian / Prouhèze / Sygne and Lumír / The Final Analysis / Index of Claudelian Dramatis Personae