Complete summary of Archibald MacLeish’s J. B.. eNotes plot summaries cover all the significant action of J. B. J.B. has ratings and 82 reviews. Julia said: I’ve directed this play three times and read it about MacLeish’s poetry is phenomenal, and this mo. 32 quotes from Archibald MacLeish: ‘A real writer learns from earlier writers the way a boy learns from an apple orchard — by stealing what he has a taste for.

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Nickles encourages them to challenge God, but they do not hear him. This was the version of J. Eliot decided to try to revive the verse play, producing a half dozen dramas in verse including Murder in the Cathedralan historical play about the assassination of the Archbishop of Canterbury in the twelfth century; and The Cocktail Partya combination of drawing room conversation and incantation.

J.B.: A Play in Verse by Archibald MacLeish

He published more than fifty books of poetry, drama, and essays, but he also accepted positions as the Librarian of Congress, Archlbald Secretary of Afchibaldand part of the U. Nickles comes to believe that the best thing for J. Shortly after the publication of the book, the play was produced on Broadway and underwent substantial revisions. Without man’s love God does not exist as God, only as creator, and love is the one thing no one, not even God himself, can command.

The library, almost alone of the great monuments of civilization, stands taller now than it ever did before. Like other national literatures, American literature was shaped by the history of the country that produced it.

In short, the world seemed to many people like a place where suffering and evil were not only possible but present, and without measure. She turns her back on J. The overall story, with the wager between God and Satan and the systematic destruction of all of J. This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. You may find it helpful to search within the site to see how similar or related subjects are covered. This contemplation occurs not only when we ourselves experience suffering, but also when we observe it occurring in the lives of others At the very least, it affects our life experience and, in doing so, contributes to our aggregate worldview.


Nickles is witty and intelligent, and some critics have said he represents MacLeish in finding humans more worthy of admiration than God. We do not die of death: In this sense, I found this play to be a masterful treatment of the abiding questions associated with suffering.

Even after he has lost his family, his wealth, and his physical well-being, J. Zuss and Nickles recognize this J. Production Details Time Period: As explained by Thomas E.

Another kind of callousness—a human kind of indifference—was reflected by the Announcer wrchibald the suffering of the village inhabitants in Air Raid Instead, he finds hope and salvation inside himself, inside the human heart, saying to his wife: Modern plays in verse can become a little pretentious at times, and this is no exception. Nickles believes that once J. Please note that our editors may make some formatting mcleish or correct spelling or grammatical errors, and may also contact you if any clarifications are needed.

Sep 03, Margaret rated it macleiish was amazing Recommended to Margaret by: Eliphaz is one of the three comforters who come to reassure J. The second newsman makes the report: MacLeish—and his characters Zuss and Nickles—expects that the audience is already familiar with the biblical story.

A Play in V Books by Archibald MacLeish. These two old actors, modifications of Good and Evil, are not only rivals for supremacy but for domination over this rich American banker, the current Job. I’m really glad I read this, and I hope I get to see it performed someday.

Everything we have in the books on which our libraries are founded—Euclid’s figures, Leonardo’s notes, Newton’s explanations, Cervantes’ myth, Sappho’s broken songs, the vast surge of Homer—everything is a report of one kind or another and the sum of all of macpeish together is our little knowledge of our world and of ourselves.

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Although he wrote plays and essays archibwld even a screenplay, MacLeish is primarily known as a poet, and he devoted much of his life to studying poetry. The way that MacLeish wove the acting with the reality was beautiful. Could He just have decided at the Garden to kick us out with a “good riddance?

J.B.: A Play in Verse

I can understand why this play may have been popular but frankly before last month I was unaware of it. The lights have gone out in the sky.

Of course, suffering does reach J. And it is most itself, most free, when it is offered in spite of suffering, of injustice, and of death. In this original version there is no scene in which J. Ah deception, zrchibald works macleisb wonderful, wonderful ways — and the result — she would rather be a slave than be alone. Rod — really great guy, brought me the play J.

He reminds him of the millions who refused jn second chance, who found a convenient means to end it all. MacLeish considered this book the autobiography of his professional life. Voltaire, one of the greatest of all French writers.

Unfortunately, our editorial approach may not be able to accommodate all contributions. With twenty-four-hour mxcleish channels and the ability to broadcast live from any location, television is the source most Americans turn to for news. From what other shore, from what stranger, Whence, was the word to come?

At Ghent the wind rose. She was one of those who were pulled from the wreckage. Mar 01, Kiki rated it liked it Shelves: