J. B.

Finalist, National Book Awards 1959 for Poetry

cover of J B by Archibald MacLeish
ISBN 9780395083536
Mariner Books | Houghton Mifflin Company
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Based on the story of Job, this drama in verse tells the story of a 20th-century American millionaire banker whom God commands be stripped of his family & wealth, but who refuses to turn his back on God. J.B. won the Pulitzer Prize for drama in 1959 & the Tony Award for best play. More important, the play sparked a national conversation about the nature of God, the meaning of hope & the role of the artist in society.