First Edition of Eugene O'Neill's All God's Chillun Got Wings and Welded; Signed by Him
All God’s Chillun Got Wings and Welded.
Item Number: 90479
New York: Boni and Liveright, 1927.
First edition of this collection of two of O’Neill’s expressionist plays, including one of his most controversial. Octavo, original cloth. Signed by Eugene O’Neill on the front free endpaper. Near fine in a very good dust jacket.
Arguably one of O'Neill's most controversial of plays, All God's Chillun Got Wings portrays the marriage of an African American husband and an abusive Caucasian woman, who, resenting her husband's skin color, destroys his promising career as a lawyer. The play debuted on May 15, 1924, at the Provincetown Playhouse and received mixed reviews. Many critics argued O'Neill to be a sensationalist, rather than a creator of social commentary who was simply feeding into current social stereotypes, while others viewed his inclusion of of a W. E. B. Du Bois excerpt in the play's opening playbill as a testament to his neutral stance on the issue of interracial relationships.