I would as soon have thought of being cheerful in Abraham's bosom
as in the palace of an Emperor.
Paul Green's In Abraham's Bosom
, which will receive a Pulitzer for its stark depiction of Southern racism, opens at the Provincetown Playhouse in NYC.
(9) In the parable, to be in Abraham's bosom
means that a soul resides in the favorable part of the Greek Hades or the Hebrew Sheol and enjoys "close fellowship with the patriarch" (Creed 212).
Here the great and the good (but particularly the dead) of the Victorian town rest in peace in Abraham's bosom
. Why two cemeteries?
The rich man and Lazarus are both in infernus, but in different parts of it.(13) The rich man experiences torment, prefiguring the ultimate torment which will follow the Judgement,(14) while Lazarus waits in Abraham's bosom
, a place of refreshment,(15) the closest thing to paradise.
His best-known play, In Abraham's Bosom
, concerns a man's attempt to establish a school for his fellow blacks; it was awarded the Pulitzer Prize in 1927.
One of his earliest dramas, In Abraham's Bosom
, won him the Pulitzer Prize in 1927, and he went on to write scores of other compositions, among them an adaptation of Richard Wright's novel Native Son for the Broadway stage.
He taught philosophy and dramatic arts at the University of North Carolina and became known for plays set for the most part in North Carolina: The Lord's Will and Other Plays (1925); Lonesome Road: Six Plays for Negro Theater (1926); The Field God and <IR> IN ABRAHAM'S BOSOM
</IR> , both of which appeared on Broadway in 1927, the latter winning the Pulitzer Prize; <IR> THE HOUSE OF CONNELLY AND OTHER PLAYS </IR> (1931); Roll Sweet Chariot (Potter's Field, 1934); <IR> NATIVE SON </IR> (with <IR> RICHARD WRIGHT </IR> , 1941); and Peer Gynt (an American version, 1951).