Inherit the Wind

Inherit the Wind

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by Jerome Lawrence, Robert E. Lee
     
 

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One of the most moving and meaningful plays in American theatre—based on the famed Scopes Monkey Trial of 1925, in which a Tennessee teacher was tried for teaching evolution 

The accused was a slight, frightened man who had deliberately broken the law. His trial was a Roman circus, the chief gladiators being the two great legal giants of

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One of the most moving and meaningful plays in American theatre—based on the famed Scopes Monkey Trial of 1925, in which a Tennessee teacher was tried for teaching evolution 

The accused was a slight, frightened man who had deliberately broken the law. His trial was a Roman circus, the chief gladiators being the two great legal giants of the century. Locked in mortal combat, they bellowed and roared imprecations and abuse. The spectators sat uneasily in the sweltering heat with murder in their hearts, barely able to restrain themselves. At stake was the freedom of every American.

“Jerome Lawrence and Robert E. Lee were classic Broadway scribes who knew how to crank out serious plays for thinking Americans. . . . Inherit the Wind is a perpetually prescient courtroom battle over the legality of teaching evolution. . . . We’re still arguing this case–all the way to the White House.”
Chicago Tribune

“Powerful . . . a crackling good courtroom play . . . [that] provides two of the juiciest roles in American theater.”
–Copley News Service

“[This] historical drama . . . deserves respect.”
–The Columbus Dispatch

Editorial Reviews

NY Times
The portrait it draws of an explosive episode in American culture, vigorously written by Jerome Lawrence and Robert E. Lee, remains as fresh as it ever was. One of the most stirring plays in recent years retains its folk flavor and spiritual awareness in an Arena Stage production. Bursting with vitality...literature of the stage!

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780345501035
Publisher:
Random House Publishing Group
Publication date:
03/20/2007
Pages:
144
Sales rank:
318,397
Product dimensions:
5.14(w) x 7.97(h) x 0.32(d)

Meet the Author

Jerome Lawrence was an American playwright and author.

Robert Edwin Lee was an American playwright and lyricist.

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Inherit the Wind (SparkNotes Literature Guide Series) 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 36 reviews.
cupcakes4eva More than 1 year ago
i loved this book so much!  i read it for my English class in ninth grade and was honestly dreading it because i thought it sounded incredibly stupid and boring.  once i got into it, however- i loved it!  the characters were different and unique...  i loved them all.  the clear diversity between religion and evolution was clear and the topic of the book made me question how the world was made and whose side i would choose if i had to pick one... 
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luvbooksWA More than 1 year ago
A great controversial play in the debate between religion and the origin of species. People with different beliefs learn to live together and learn to think for themselves.
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First, I'll start with my recommendations. The Bill of Rights and The Bible of your faith. The Bill of Rights because if you want to live here and understand that this book is about more than MAN came from MONKEYS, read it through. Your Bible so you can follow the prosecution. Also, when the defense calls the Pros. Attr. he blows him away using the BILL of Rights as the base.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is a boring starter and a twisting finisher. The book is about religion vs science which is still a problem today'for example, cloneing'. some of the language they use is hard to read because they speak real southern. I reccomend this book for ages 15-and up.
Guest More than 1 year ago
this book was about a school teacher who was teaching evalution in class and it was against the law and he was tryed for it and was found guilty and had to pay 100 dollars one of the things that i liked about the book and the charters was the school teacher was sticking to what he belived and their was no one changing his mind i think it was stupid to take the teacher to court
Guest More than 1 year ago
Normally, this is not the kind of book I would decide to read. However, my seventh grade teacher, who read it to my English class, made everything about it fun. He assigned us different characters. I recieved the part of E.K. Hornbeck, and now I LOVE this book. Whenever I get a chance, I pick up this book and start reading. This book is not hard to understand once you catch up on all the legal terms. I would definetely recommend it.
Guest More than 1 year ago
At first i really wasn`t feeling this book...but then i read it! wow this book was full of cooness. i absolutly liked it. at first u have no idea where it`s going, but then you see. anyway read it.
Guest More than 1 year ago
When I first decided that I wanted to read this book I didn't tink that it was going to be a short play. This is a great play that surrounds the facts of freedom and of free speech. This play really put me in mind of people that are opionated. This is a really easy book to read and it has a lot of drama in it especially toward the ending the play. I would recommend this book to people that feel really strong about freedom of speech but I wouldn't recommend this to anybbody that does not like plays.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Inherit the Wind is an enlightened commentary on religous blindedness. It takes very pointed look at that which is often held very dear but is made enjoyable by the satirical stylings of the writing. A must read.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is a titan amognst mortals .It pulls you in and spits you out with a new found love for the american legal system& the origin of man.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Man, the monologues in this book are AMAZING...I have read classics with these awefully long boring monologues about life and boring things, and it gets tiresome...but some of these words are so beautiful! I reccomend this to ANYBODY and EVERYBODY
Guest More than 1 year ago
This play is very interesting, as is the actual trial itself. Although I have to admit that I was disappointed in the way the evolutionists were percieved as noncomformists, and therefore a hint of heroic influence comes to play (which is actually a bit biased, if you ask me), but overall, the play was great and it is definitely a 'must read' piece of literature.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Drummond: What do you think about that? Brady: I don't think about the things I don't think about Drummond: Do you think about the things you do think about? (one of my favorite lines) I am a die-hard fan of this book/trial. It really sweeps you away; as if you were in the courtroom yourself. Genius! My favorite book. It doesn't matter what you beleive; this book does not prove/disprove any theory but simply expresses that man has the power to think, and has the right to as well. this book also lead me to read the original transcript from the Scopes Trial...and Clarence Darrow is now my idol. Definately reccomend.
Guest More than 1 year ago
A book recommended for Christians or non-Christians to read. This book is the most famous trial in state of Tennessee, in which was known the 'Monkey' trial. When most people hear that of Dayton, Tennessee this trial is usually the first thing they think about.This book grabs your attention and holds its thought out the book. I was suprprised by the drama in the book, which I found very interesting. I was impressed with both sides, in which they presented their arguments. This book is some what suspenseful because you have no idea of the verdict.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is an amazing book. This is like the most get into book. This it probally the worlds greatest Trial book.