A Taste of Honey

A Taste of Honey

A Play

Book - 1959
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Publisher: New York : Grove Press, 1959.
Edition: 1st Evergreen ed.
ISBN: 9780394174808
0394174801
9780802131850
0802131859
Branch Call Number: 822.914 D37t3
PR6007.E32 T3 1959
822 DELANEY
Characteristics: 87 p. ; 21 cm.

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Jul 25, 2012

Song in Act II Scene I:
"Black boy, black boy, don't you lie to me. Where did you stay last night? In the pines, in the pines, where the sun never shines, I shivered the whole night through."

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Jul 25, 2012

Act II, Scene II--HELEN: " You mean to say that . . . that sailor was a black man? . . . Oh my God! Nothing else can happen to me now. Can you imagine me wheeling a pram with a . . . Oh my God, I'll have to have a drink."

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Jul 25, 2012

Act I, Scene Ii--JO: " you're not getting married in a church, are you?"

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Jul 25, 2012

This two-act play was first presented at Theatre Royal, Stratford, U.K. in 1958. I suppose that a story of an impoverished white girl carrying the baby of a black man was considered startling and controversial in 1958 but is quite dated now. Shelagh Delaney was a nineteen-year old working class girl from Manchester when the play was first produced. It takes place in Salford, Lancashire. There are five characters: Helen the mother described as a "semi-whore"; Peter the pushy car salesman who wants to marry Helen; Jo the daughter; an unnamed "boy" described as a "coloured naval rating" who only appears in Act One; and Geoffrey, a room-mate who takes care of pregnant Jo in Act Two. Considered an important play of its era.

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