In his award-winning play, Baldwin turns a murder and its aftermath into an inquest in which even the most well-intentioned whites are implicated--and in which even a killer receives his share of compassion.
About the Author
Date of Birth:August 2, 1924
Date of Death:December 1, 1987
Place of Birth:New York, New York
Place of Death:St. Paul de Vence, France
Education:DeWitt Clinton High School, New York City
What People are Saying About This
"A play with fires of fury in its belly, tears of anguish in its eyes, a roar of protest in its throat." The New York Times
"Explosive, eloquent, honest.... To read it is devastating." San Francisco Chronicle
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Inspired by the case of Emmett Till, this is a dramatic look at southern small-town race relations at the mid-century point. As a play, though, it doesn't capture the usual power of Baldwin's prose. I've no doubt that this would be a powerful work when set to the stage, but I don't think a reading can do it justice, particularly with the many characters involved. I might go back to this if I ever get together a class on works related to the Till case, which I've considered doing before, but for now, I'm not sure I'd recommend it on to other readers.
This play is soo.. good. As an actress it has taught me a lot and also reminded me to not forget about the past. This play was captivating and had great scenes it all felt so very real when performed up on the stage or in the class room.
I have never read a play so captivating, and believe me I have read a lot. I knew Baldwin was a genius, but he takes intelligence and literature to a whole new level. EVERYONE should read this, because it teaches a lot about life.