The accused was a slight, frightened man who haddeliberately broken the law. His trial was a Romancircus. The chief gladiators were two great legalgiants of the century. Like two bull elephantslocked in mortal combat, they bellowed and roaredimprecations and abuse. The spectators sat uneasilyin the sweltering heat with murder in their hearts, barely able to restrain themselves. At stake wasthe freedom of every American. One of the mostmoving and meaningful plays of our generation. "atidal wave of a drama." -- "New YorkWorld-Telegram And Sun.
About the Author
Jerome Lawrence, formerly master playwright at New York University, and Robert E. Lee (1918-1984), who was a professor of playwriting at UCLA, collaborated on thirteen plays, including" Inherit the Wind" and "Auntie Mame."
Robert Edward Lee was educated at Cornell University (BS, 1960 64) and the University of Massachusetts, Amherst (Ph.D., 1966 71) and served as a Platoon leader in the US Army First Infantry Division (1964 66). He was Lecturer at the University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg (1971 77), Associate Professor at Shiraz (Pahlavi) University, Shiraz, Iran (1977 79), Fellow of Schepens Eye Research Institute and Harvard Medical School, Boston (1979 81) and is currently Coordinator of Biomedical Sciences at Colorado State University, a post he has held since 1981.