Cover photo by Nickolas Muray

The Emperor Jones

Eugene O'Neill

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Licensing Note

This title is in the public domain. No performance license is required.


Brutus Jones sets himself up as monarch of a Caribbean island and exploits his subjects ruthlessly until a uprising forces him to flee for his life.

Production Info

Cast: 9 total (3 female, 6 male)
Full Length Drama (about 80 minutes)
Multiple Sets
Period Costumes

Press Quotes

“… for strength and originality [O’Neill] has no rivals among the American writers for the stage.” —Alexander Woolcott, Times

“An odd and extraordinary play, written with imaginative genius …” —Kenneth Macgowan, Globe

“… the most interesting play which has yet come from the most promising playwright in America …” —Heywood Broun, Tribune

About the Author


  • Eugene O'Neill

    Eugene Gladstone O'Neill was born in October 1888, in New York City. Widely considered America's foremost dramatist, he was awarded the Pulitzer Prize four times and won the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1936. His masterpiece, LONG DAY'S JOURNEY INTO NIGHT (produced posthumously in 1956), is at the apex of a long string of great plays, including BEYOND THE HORIZON (1920), ANNA CHRISTIE (1922), STRANGE INTERLUDE (1928), AH! WILDERNESS (1933), and THE ICEMAN COMETH (1946). O'Neill passed away at the age of 65 in November 1953.

About the Book

Book Information

Publisher BPPI
Publication Date 12/1/2000
Pages 184
ISBN 9780881451818