Djuna Barnes's great verse drama, written about her own family, was first published in 1958 and reprinted in her SELECTED WRITINGS of 1962. Since that time the play has been out of print. Upon its first publication, humanitarian-diplomat Dag Hammarskjold translated the play and oversaw its production at the Royal Swedish Theatre. Although hard to work as a play, it is, nonetheless, central to Barnes's collection and a brilliant text to read.