Two compelling and thought-provoking plays from one of the twentieth century’s most significant writers.
A spellbinding, naturalistic account of the decline and redemption of a young harbour-front prostitute, taking in family conflicts and the harsh realities of life for women in the early years of the twentieth century.
Anna and her father Chris, a sea captain, are attempting reconciliation after a childhood estrangement. She becomes romantically involved with another man of the sea, and her ‘troubled’ past is disclosed. To remedy the bitterness between them, they will both need to learn what it means to love and be loved – and how to forgive.
‘a sympathetic portrayal of a prostitute. This wry tragicomedy, enriched with fully flavoured naturalism in dialogue and background won for its author a second Pulitzer Prize’ John Gassner
The Emperor Jones
An expressionistic chronicle of a black dictator’s flight from his oppressed subjects.
Brutus Jones rules his island’s citizens from his opulent palace with tyrannical ease – until the day that they all disappear. They have retreated to the hills, following their former native leader Lem, and plan to revolt. It is time for the Emperor to make good his escape.
This edition includes a full introduction, biographical sketch and chronology.