In The East My Pleasure Lies: An Esoteric Interpretation of Some Plays of Shakespeare, by Beryl Pogson
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This is a first edition, published by Stuart & Richards in London, 1950.
The following description is taken from the book's dust jacket.
Tradition tells us that the Drama was originally conceived to re-awaken in Man the memory of the purpose for which he was created. It revealed to him in allegory his relationship with the gods and sought to arouse him from the sleep of the senses, so that he might set forth on the journey towards his divine destiny.
Scholars and critics argue about the source of the plays, their authorship, their chronological order, the authenticity of the text, the technicalities of the verse, even the beauty of the language, but few enquire whether the plays contain an inner meaning.
In this book, Beryl Pogson shows that Shakespeare wrote in the true tradition of Drama, using his art consciously with the aim of freeing Man from the illusions that hypnotize and distract him.
The author discusses Othello, King Lear, Cymbeline, Measure for Measure, A Midsummer Night's Dream, Timon of Athens, Macbeth, Hamlet and Antony and Cleopatra.
The book and dust jacket are in good condition. This is a scarce item.