New York: Boni and Liveright, 1928. First Thus. Publisher's quarter cloth over marbled boards with gilt to spine. Fraying and loss to extremities of spine. Boards with significant rubbing and some loss of paper to corners and edges. Front hinge starting and rear hinge cracked. Black endpapers. Gift inscription to front endpaper. Signed by the author on the limitation page. Illustrated by Alexander King.
A Pulitzer Prize winning play that occurs in flashbacks, The Emperor Jones tells the story of Brutus Jones' move from Pullman porter to Caribbean emperor. Beginning his life as a self-assured black man in America, Brutus kills another black man in a dispute over a game of dice and is jailed. Following his daring escape from prison, Brutus travels to a small, isolated Caribbean island where, through resourcefulness and deception, he is named emperor. As Brutus tries to flee his rebelling subjects, he shares his story with viewers. Ultimately, the trick that Brutus used to gain power is used against him, and the villagers slay him with a silver bullet. A box office success and award winner. Very Good - (Item #2647)