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  • (1961) Books: "African Genesis: A Personal Investigation into the Animal Origins and Nature of Man". New York: Atheneum. International bestseller. Called by The Nation: ""The most enjoyable and stimulating book on the evolution of man that has been published for some time."
  • (1939) Stage: Wrote "Thunder Rock", produced on Broadway by the Group Theatre. Directed by Elia Kazan. Performed Mansfield Theatre: November 14 - ? December 1939 (closing date unknown). Cast: Luther Adler (as Charleston), Myron McCormick (as Streeter), Harry Bratsburg (as Nonny), Roman Bohnen (as Inspector Flanning), Morris Carnovsky (as Captain Joshua), Art Smith (as Briggs), Lee J. Cobb (as Dr Stegan Kurtz), Frances Farmer (as Melanie), Ruth Nelson (as Miss Kirby), Mary Fowler (as Anne Marie), Phil Brown (as Cassidy). Set design by Mordecai Gorelik. Lighting by Michael Gordon. Costumes by Paul Morrison. NOTE: Filmed as Thunder Rock (1942).
  • (1966) Book: "The Territorial Imperative: A Personal Investigation into the Animal Origins of Property and Nations". New York: Atheneum. International bestseller. Called by Newsday: "One of the most exciting books about the nature of man that has ever been presented." Described by famed biologist E. O. Wilson: "Robert Ardrey's vision of man's future is as hopeful as any doctrinaire utopian's, and, in my opinion, a good deal more interesting... He ranks as the lyric poet of human evolution, a superb writer with a special vision."
  • (1970) Book: "The Social Contract: A Personal Investigation into the Animal Origins of Order and Disorder". New York: Atheneum. International bestseller.
  • (1938) Stage: Wrote "How to Get Tough About It", produced on Broadway. Comedy. Directed and produced by Guthrie McClintic. Martin Beck Theatre: 8 - ? Feb 1938 (closing date unknown/23 performances). Cast: José Ferrer (as "Vergez"), Connie Gilchrist, Hans Hamsa, Fred Howard, George J. Lewis, Katherine Locke (as "Kitty"), Karl Malden (as "Joe"), Ruth March, Myron McCormick (as "Dan Grimshaw"), Millard Mitchell (as "Billy Boy"), George Nash, Jack Riggo, Ralph Riggs, Kent Smith (as "Matt Grogan"). Produced by Guthrie McClintic.
  • (1946) Stage: Wrote "Jeb", produced on Broadway. Lighting and Scenic Design by Jo Mielziner. Produced and directed by Herman Shumlin. Martin Beck Theatre: February 21 - 28, 1946 (9 performances). Cast: Christopher Bennett (as Jefferson), Harry Bolden (as Simpson), Laura Bowman (as Amanda Turner), Grover Burgess (as Mr. Gibney), Edwin Cushman, Ossie Davis (as Jeb Turner), Ruby Dee (as Libby George), Maurice Ellis, Edward Forbes, Reri Grist, W.J. Hackett, Owen Hewitt, Charles Holland, Morris McKenney, Grace McTarnahan, Santos Ortega, Wardell Saunders, Milton Shirah, P. Jay Sidney, Carolyn Hill Stewart, Frank M. Thomas, Percy Verwayne, Rudolph Whitaker.
  • (1958) Stage: Wrote "Shadow of Heroes", performed in London, England. Piccadilly Theatre: October 7, 1958. Directed by Peter Hall. Produced by Toby Rowland. Cast: Peggy Ashcroft (as Julia Rajk), Emlyn Williams (as The Author), Alan Webb (as Janos Kadar), and Stephen Murray (as Erno Gero).
  • (1976) Book: "The Hunting Hypothesis: A Personal Conclusion Concerning the Evolutionary Nature of Man". New York: Atheneum. International bestseller.
  • (1940) Stage: Wrote "Thunder Rock", performed at the Neighbourhood Theatre in South Kensington, London. Directed and produced by Herbert Marshall. Cast: Michael Redgrave (as Charleston), Percy Parsons (as Captain Joshua), Alfredda Brilliant (as Melanie), Townsend Whitling (as Inspector Flanning), Robert Sansom (as Streeter), Rosalind Atkinson (as Miss Kirby), Bernard Miles (as Briggs), Selma Vaz Dias (as Anne Marie), Frederick Valk (as Dr Stefan Kurtz).
  • (1944) Book: "Worlds Beginning". From the original version: "The time of Worlds Beginning is twenty years following the end of World War II. The problems of peace are no longer vague and theoretical problems: here, as real as if it were taking place before our eyes, is what might happen within another score of years. Gigantic technical advances in a shrinking world bring the American economy to a virtual standstill. Yet in the crisis ties the seed of its magnificent solution. Worlds Beginning is a story about the future, but it is in no sense a prophecy. It concerns a dream of a better world, but it isn't a blueprint for that better world. Its theme is that American democracy, resourceful, individual and strong, need only face its problems in order to solve them."
  • (1957) Book: "The Brotherhood of Fear". From the original version: "To catalog the compelling qualities of this astonishing novel is a challenge of no small proportions. It is a novel of pursuit and adventure, as thrilling as any that has come down the pike in many a year, comparable, we think, to the best of Graham Greene and Eric Ambler. It is a novel of, for want of a better phrase, the "inner man" - the turbulent processes by which man's thoughts and emotions are translated into action, gentle or violent as the case may be. It is a novel that pinpoints some of the most powerful forces - social and political - at work in the world today, revealing them in sharpest focus. It is a novel of love and romance, a strange love, a stranger romance, touching - and touched with beauty. For all of these things, and for the sheer reading pleasure that is their sum, it is a noteworthy performance which cannot be recommended too highly."
  • (1968) Book: "Plays of Three Decades: Thunder Rock/Jeb/Shadow of Heroes". From the original version: "This dramatic trio by one of the brilliant American literary minds of the 20th century carries a singular message: that success or failure in the theater of ideas lies with its audience and their time-spirit. As Mr. Ardrey so ruefully observes in his autobiographical preface to these plays written by him and variously produced in New York and London: "You must take your chances... Your minority report will be judged at some future time, perhaps when you are no longer around."
  • (1938) Stage: Wrote "Casey Jones", produced on Broadway by the Group Theatre. Directed by Elia Kazan. Performed Fulton Theatre: February 19 - March 1, 1939 (25 performances). Cast: Charles Bickford (as Casey Jones).

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