Domnei - James Branch Cabell, Lin Carter
I really don't know what to make of this book. It's two tales, the first, "Domnei", is a depiction of the soul of Melicent whose love, in the face of reason, time, trouble, uncertainty, and absence, remained purely unchanging. For this diverse men worship her (worship is to be taken literally). Cabell thought the whole thing ridiculous (with a sort of "and yet.. it's rather splendid" in the background). He claims that there were once men who believed that such a soul as Melicent's could exist, and would believe that the woman they loved (i.e. worshiped) was just the same. I don't know quite why he wrote this story, in part he seems to just be reveling in writing high-flown speeches. And it may be for an equally obscure motive of amusement that he surrounded his pseudo-romance with an elaborate apparatus of pseudo-scholarship.

The second tale, "The Music from Behind the Moon", is a very different fable, quite pleasant to read, about a musician seeking the source of unearthly music that fills him with doubt and discontent while he writes complacently optimistic songs to improve the lives of other people.