Twenty letters, in which Cabell addresses his subjects on their reputation in the light of modernity. Mental gymnastics, occasionally amusing, filled with classical allusion set alongside the up-to-date angle. He tells Tutankhamen that to him ""along of the Pharaohs was it granted to become 'news'"", he chides Faustus with ""as a tenor role you have become an unvalued antique"". They might be amusing reading to dip into just before turning out the light -- but they seem forced when read consecutively. An essay market, primarily -- and Cabell fans, of course, -- though they are not in his customary vein.