Fiction. THE GLORIOUS ONES tells the tumultuous story of a traveling theatrical troupe in seventeenth-century Italy. The ghost of the troupe's founder, Flaminio Scala, appears in a dream to a former member of the group and asks her to set down the story of their adventures so that his memory might not vanish. What emerges is a tangled tale full of love, lust, lying, backbiting, ambition, contradiction, glorious theatrical triumph, and miserable human failure. THE GLORIOUS ONES, out in paperback for the first time, is the second novel by Prose, well known as the author of more than a dozen books and as a writer for publications including The New Yorker, Atlantic Monthly, and Harper's.