Four inspiring, bold political plays that bring history alive as theater, from the Bancroft Prize-winning historian, cultural critic, and public intellectual. BR>""Martin Duberman occupies a singularly important place in American culture.""--Catharine R. Stimpson, Dean and University Professor, NYU Best known for his acclaimed biographies of Paul Robeson and Lincoln Kirstein and his provocative books about the gay rights movement, Martin Duberman has also had a long-standing involvement with the theater that began early in his career, when his drama criticism appeared in the "Partisan Review" and "Harper'sThis volume includes four plays: "In White America," about the black struggle for freedom and human rights, which became a smash hit and was named the 1963 Best Off-Broadway production of the year; "Mother Earth," which brings to vivid life Emma Goldman, one of the twentieth century's most famous revolutionaries; "Posing Naked," the heartbreaking story of Smith College professor Newton Arvin, the most prominent (closeted) gay literary critic of his day; and "Visions of Kerouac," which captures the beat era--from Kerouac's ambition-filled early years, crisscrossing the country with pals like Allen Ginsberg and William Burroughs, to the later years of isolation and alcoholism. This paperback edition makes these four politically charged plays available to a new generation.
Martin Duberman, Distinguished Professor of History at Lehman and the Graduate School of the City University of New York, is the founding director of the Center for Lesbian and Gay Studies. He is the author of seventeen books, including Black Mountain, Paul Robeson, In White America, Cures, Stonewall, Midlife Queer and Queer Representations. As both historian and playwright, he has received numerous awards, including the Bancroft Prize, two Lambda awards, the George Freedly Memorial Award, and a Special Citation from the National Academy of Arts and letters for his "contributions to literature.