The Rib of Man 1917 by Charles Rann Kennedy Christian Drama
Charles Rann Kennedy describes is Christian drama, The Rib of the Man, as "A Play of the New World in Five Acts Scene Individable, Setting Forth the Story of an Afternoon in the Fulness of Days." To the author the play was "the threshold of the Great Miracle."
This rare antiquarian book, 1917, is the only one we have found anywhere online - a true collectible play reflecting the writers values and views of Christianity in the early years of the 20th century.
Charles Rann Kennedy (1871-1950), a scholarly Englishman who married the actress Edith Wynne Matthison, whose portrait as "Diana" graces the frontispiece.
Kennedy became an American citizen in 1917, was an advocate of Christian principles which he promoted with both personal zeal and theatrical effectiveness. Reflecting the Social Gospel Movement, playwright Kennedy believed that "God does things as a dramatist would." After World War I his greatest popularity was past, although he continued to teach and direct his plays at Bennett College, a women's college in New York state.
This book, a first edition, is in good vintage / antique condition. With some foxing and browning, the blue hardcover with gold embossing is firm in binding and strong to handle; only the cover shows years of shelf wear with its spine faded and worn. It has 188 pages and measures 5 1/5 inches by 8 inches by 3/4 of an inch.