In the Matter of J. Robert Oppenheimer, Heinar Kipphardt



Title: In the Matter of J. Robert Oppenheimer

Author: Heinar Kipphardt

Typology: Drama

Language: English

Translation: Ruth Speirs

Year: 1997 (first Dramabook edition 1968; first original edition 1964)

Publisher: Hill and Wang, (a division of) Farrar, Straus and Giroux

Collection: Spotlight Dramabook

ISBN: 978-0-8090-1215-4

Synopsis: In the Matter of J. Robert Oppenheimer, first staged in 1964 and published in 1968, has come to be appreciated as a profound meditation on our conflicted feelings about the Cold War. Heinar Kipphardt uses the American government’s interrogation of Oppenheimer, “father of the atomic bomb”, to explore an individual’s responsibility to his country and to humanity as a whole, and the right of a patriot to express views at odds with those of his government – eternal themes that continue to resonate today.