If you like happy endings (usually) this is the page for you. Erato, the muse of love, fueled the long and prolific genre of 'the Romance' and the Romantic school. Countless bards, troubadours, minstrels and courtiers fell under her spell.
Today, treasured romances written by men, would be an impossibility--no man could hope to write "A Romance" and get a main-stream publisher, unless it had a terrible ending or was loaded with schmaltz, bathos, or cheap tears. It's the new chauvinism, the new bigotry, and thank goodness our forebears had better sense.
These days, many women buy only women authors because they can get the happy ending-a successful relationship-- and the 'uplift' it fosters.
Maybe male writers are going to forget how to talk of love, if we aren't careful. The only way men will see a romantic comedy is with a partner, because we have made success at love and happiness in relationships so unmanly. Barbarism will follow.
If a guy doesn't want to read about murder and mayhem, or political fiascos or how to be a shark, then the modern bookstore is a tough place to go. If he wants to write about it, he has to head for the music industry. How come men can like to hear love songs but can't read them? Must be the slow dances and the beer on the side.
Good thing that hasn't been so until we got so "Modern.' An example is Queed by Henry Sydnor Harrison. Because of te current viewpoint, his book is shown in two places on Elfinspell, but his novel definitely fits into this category as well.
Elfinspell hopes to change that (a little bit, anyway) by reminding everybody that Cupid and Erato, together, have often inspired mankind to reach the heights of civilized behavior, nobility of character, and true chivalry in spirit and deed.
From quotes, to poetry and song, to fiction about passions both high and low incited by that little mischief- maker, Cupid, Erato was the muse behind his victims. See the result:
and a third collection: "Old World Love Stories, from the Lays of Marie De France and other Mediaeval Romances and Legends," this too by Eugene Mason, illustrated and decorated by Reginald L. Knowles. Four are in his other text but the rest are new.