Two strong, expressionist plays from the early career of one of the twentieth century’s most significant writers.
The Hairy Ape
A nightmarish condemnation on the dehumanising effects of industrialisation on the American people. Robert ‘Yank’ Smith, an animalistic stoker, breaks free from his engine-room confines when he is spurned by the glamorous society woman, Mildred Douglas. Looking to find his free self out in the ‘real’ world, Yank goes on the rampage – but how much will his freedom cost him? And is there really any such thing?’
All God’s Chillun Got Wings
A vigorous social commentary based around a violently dysfunctional mixed-race marriage.
Ella is the neurotically jealous white wife of Jim, a driven, charismatic black man. She sabotages his career, effectively destroying him, before her frenzy lapses into remorseless dependency.
This edition includes a full introduction, biographical sketch and chronology.