This book is: Paul Greene, "The Field God and In Abraham's Bosom," published in New York by Robert M. McBride & Company in 1927. The book is hard bound with brightly decorated paper covers. The volume includes music scores and a short list of words with pronunciations as they were used in eastern North Carolina during the 1920's. The first play "The Field God" explores interaction between the races in the South. The volume was part of the collection of George R. M. Ewing, Jr. and the provenance is his estate to his heirs. Ewing commissioned Rockwell Kent to design and execute an ex-library book plate for him. The theme of the ex-library book plate is theater, with a stage at the center of the print. This volume has Ewing's ex-library bookplate by Kent and is inscribed with Ewing's signature.
Paul Greene's play "In Abraham's Bosom" was a much acclaimed work that won the Pulitzer Prize for Drama in 1927. It dealt with race relations and was regarded as an extraordinary work. Green was born in 1894 and died in 1981. He came from North Carolina and incorporated his understandings of that state's culture in his works.
Details about this book are: First edition; measurements are 7 3/4 inches x 5 1/2 inches.
Condition: lacks dust jacket; rubbed at edges and bumped at corners; scratch on front cover; overall, bright with text in superb condition.
This is a significant book for anyone interested in American theater. It contains an important American play, was owned by a person connected with theater, and has an outstanding ex-library book plate done by one of America's greatest print makers.
Item ID: JT98