Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.
Start by marking “A Masque Of Reason” as Want to Read:
A Masque Of Reason
Enlarge cover
Rate this book
Clear rating
Open Preview

A Masque Of Reason

3.49  ·  Rating details ·  51 Ratings  ·  6 Reviews
A Masque of Reason is a 1945 comedy written by Robert Frost. This short play purports to be the chapter 43 of the book of Job, which only has 42 chapters. Thus, Frost has written a concluding chapter in the form of the play.In this play, Robert Frost like John Milton in Paradise Lost ,wants to justify God's ways to man.
Hardcover, 23 pages
Published 1945 by Henry Holt and Company
More Details... edit details

Friend Reviews

To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

Reader Q&A

To ask other readers questions about A Masque Of Reason, please sign up.

Be the first to ask a question about A Masque Of Reason

This book is not yet featured on Listopia. Add this book to your favorite list »

Community Reviews

Showing 1-30
Rating details
Sort: Default
Sep 13, 2018 rated it liked it
One of God, reason, or injustice has to go. Frost is on the fence. I pick God ...(cont.)...
Michael Brady
At Frost's hand the original Book of Job gets the ending it deserved.
Jun 29, 2007 rated it really liked it
This is such and interesting and little known's a short read and could spark interesting discussion.
Corwin Slack
Oct 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing
It is short, well written and very erudite theodicy. Frost calls it Chapter 43 of the Book of Job. It is an entertaining and thought provoking take on a thousands of years later epilogue to the story featuring God, Job, Job's wife and briefly Satan.

It's only available used but do a search online for a pdf if you cannot otherwise acquire a copy.
Oct 05, 2018 rated it it was ok
strange play
Craig Werner
Jul 11, 2012 rated it it was ok
Dramatic poem/play in which God, Job, Job's Wife, and Satan engage in a not-particularly interesting conversation on the topic of theodicy. Guess Frost needed to get it out of his system. A few good lines, but if forced to choose between this and one of George Bernard Shaw's short philosophical plays (which I almost always hate), I'd go with Shaw. Frost wrote another Masque, A Masque of Mercy. Since I'm reading my way through Frost's complete poetry, I'll take it on, but I can't say as how I'm d ...more
rated it it was amazing
Oct 05, 2013
rated it liked it
Jan 19, 2009
rated it really liked it
Feb 21, 2007
rated it really liked it
Jun 30, 2007
Michael Arnold
rated it liked it
Mar 19, 2015
Brandon Toh
rated it liked it
Jun 27, 2014
rated it it was amazing
Oct 16, 2007
Josh Baker
rated it liked it
Sep 21, 2013
rated it liked it
Jul 25, 2011
rated it liked it
Jan 16, 2016
Rebecca Au
rated it really liked it
May 30, 2015
rated it really liked it
Jan 30, 2013
Striker Zilt
rated it really liked it
Aug 20, 2011
rated it it was amazing
Mar 02, 2016
rated it really liked it
Jun 16, 2010
rated it it was ok
Feb 20, 2013
rated it really liked it
Dec 18, 2012
rated it really liked it
Mar 16, 2015
rated it it was ok
Aug 09, 2009
rated it it was ok
Jun 23, 2015
rated it liked it
May 16, 2017
Ellie Red
rated it it was amazing
Oct 05, 2013
rated it liked it
Oct 05, 2013
« previous 1 next »
There are no discussion topics on this book yet. Be the first to start one »
Flinty, moody, plainspoken and deep, Robert Frost was one of America's most popular 20th-century poets. Frost was farming in Derry, New Hampshire when, at the age of 38, he sold the farm, uprooted his family and moved to England, where he devoted himself to his poetry. His first two books of verse, A Boy's Will (1913) and North of Boston (1914), were immediate successes. In 1915 he returned to the ...more
“Too long I've owed you this apology
For the apparently unmeaning sorrow
You were afflicted with in those old days.
But it was of the essence of the trial
You shouldn't understand it at the time.”
More quotes…