The Mystery of Hamlet, King of Denmark: Or, What We Will, a Tetralogy

The Mystery of Hamlet, King of Denmark: Or, What We Will, a Tetralogy

The Mystery of Hamlet, King of Denmark: Or, What We Will, a Tetralogy

The Mystery of Hamlet, King of Denmark: Or, What We Will, a Tetralogy

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We often speak of the "magic of the Tetralogy," for it would be nearly impossible to explain the circumtances behind these printed pages in any other way. The story of its publication has the elements of a fairy tale. To begin with, we became publishers in a fairy tale. To begin with, we became publishers in order to do this book. Bolstered by the author's faith in our venture, we decided to obtain funds to print a br0chure which would describe the beautiful volume we visualized, bring us enough subscribers to pay for printing the book itself, and make a modest but comprehensive popular edition possible. Even this proved difficult. But in the meantime, my wife, having complete confidence in the outcome, went on editing the Tetralogy; Raymond Da Boll went on making sketches for the brochure and various pages of the book itself; and I succeeded in starting a list of subscribers for the limited hundred-dollar edition. Finally, we decided to see whether the printers we had chosen would be willing to work with us on a credit basis, on the strength of our growing list of subscribers and the cooperation and enthusiasm of such individuals as William Rose Benét, Professor Henry W. Wells, Gilmor Brown of the Pasadena Playhouse, and many others.

Perhaps it was our faith that set the magic to work at that point, for it was on the morning before my first interview with R. R. Don- nelley & Sons that a call from Texas caught up with me. James Ross Boothe, a young poet who had spent months of tireless effort working for Percy MacKaye on the manuscript, believed in the Tetralogy, too. His first thought when he inherited some money was to help us, for he knew of our project and its problems in detail. It was his voice that came over the wires offering a sufficient sum for us not only to start printing the brochure, but to go ahead on the book without waiting for more subscribers. From then on, there was still another year's work ahead of us, but the project moved forward steadily.

Those responsible for the production of the book at the Lakeside Press put their hearts into it, determined to make it the most beauti-

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