Critical Companion to Eugene O Neill

This study explores the personal, historical, and artistic influences that combined to form such dark and influential American masterpieces as 'The Iceman Cometh', 'The Emperor Jones', 'Mourning Becomes Electra', 'Hughie', and - arguably ...

Author: Robert M. Dowling

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ISBN: 9781438108728

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Eugene O'Neill is widely considered the greatest American dramatist. Winner of the Nobel Prize in literature, O'Neill also received four Pulitzer Prizes over the course of his remarkable career.Critical Companion to Eugene O'Neill explores the personal, historical, and artistic influences that combined to form such dark and influential American masterpieces as The Iceman Cometh, The Emperor Jones, Mourning Becomes Electra, Hughie, and--arguably the finest tragedy ever written by an American--Long Day's Journey into Night. Ideal for high school and college-level students, this new book covers all of O'Neill's works, as well as detailed entries on his life and related people, places, and topics.Entries include:
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Critical Companion to Eugene O Neill

This study explores the personal, historical, and artistic influences that combined to form such dark and influential American masterpieces as 'The Iceman Cometh', 'The Emperor Jones', 'Mourning Becomes Electra', 'Hughie', and - arguably ...

Author: Robert M. Dowling

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ISBN: 0816066752

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This study explores the personal, historical, and artistic influences that combined to form such dark and influential American masterpieces as 'The Iceman Cometh', 'The Emperor Jones', 'Mourning Becomes Electra', 'Hughie', and - arguably the finest tragedy ever written by an American - 'Long Day's Journey into Night'.
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The Cambridge Companion to Eugene O Neill

2 John Gassner , Introduction to O'Neill : A Collection of Critical Essays , ed . ... 3 Richard F. Moorton , Introduction to Eugene O'Neill's Century ...

Author: Michael Manheim

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 0521556457

Category: Drama

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Specially commissioned essays explore the life and work of Eugene O'Neill from his earliest writings to Long Day's Journey Into Night.
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The Theatre of Eugene O Neill

The volume additionally features four contributed essays providing further critical perspectives on O'Neill's work, alongside a chronology of the writer's life and times.

Author: Kurt Eisen

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing

ISBN: 9781474238434

Category: Literary Criticism

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Named a Choice Outstanding Academic Title of the Year 2018 The Theatre of Eugene O'Neill offers a new comprehensive overview of O'Neill's career and plays in the context of the American theatre. Organised thematically, it considers his modernist intervention in the theatre, offers readers detailed analysis of the plays, and assesses the recent resurgence in his reputation and new approaches to staging his work. It includes a study of all his major plays-The Emperor Jones, The Hairy Ape, The Iceman Cometh, Long Day's Journey Into Night, A Moon for the Misbegotten and Desire Under the Elms-besides numerous other full length and one act dramas. Eugene O'Neill is generally credited with inventing modern American drama, in a time of cultural ferment and lively artistic and intellectual change. Yet O'Neill's theatrical instincts were always shaped by American stage traditions that were inextricable from his sense of himself and his own national culture. This study shows that his theatrical modernism represents not so much a break from these traditions as a reinvention of their scope and significance in the context of international stage modernism, offering an image of national culture and character that opens new possibilities for the stage while remaining rooted in its past. Kurt Eisen traces O'Neill's modernism throughout the dramatists's work: his attempts to break from the themes, plots, and moral conventions of the traditional melodramatic theatre; his experiments in stagecraft and theme, and their connection to traditional theatre and his European modernist contemporaries; the turn toward direct and indirect self-representation; and his critique of the family and of American 'pipe dreams' and the allure of success. The volume additionally features four contributed essays providing further critical perspectives on O'Neill's work, alongside a chronology of the writer's life and times.
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The Theatre of Eugene O Neill

Eugene O'Neill: The Contemporary Reviews (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2014). Dowling, Robert M. (ed.), Critical Companion to Eugene O'Neill: A ...

Author: Kurt Eisen

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing

ISBN: 9781474238427

Category: Literary Criticism

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Named a Choice Outstanding Academic Title of the Year 2018 The Theatre of Eugene O'Neill offers a new comprehensive overview of O'Neill's career and plays in the context of the American theatre. Organised thematically, it considers his modernist intervention in the theatre, offers readers detailed analysis of the plays, and assesses the recent resurgence in his reputation and new approaches to staging his work. It includes a study of all his major plays-The Emperor Jones, The Hairy Ape, The Iceman Cometh, Long Day's Journey Into Night, A Moon for the Misbegotten and Desire Under the Elms-besides numerous other full length and one act dramas. Eugene O'Neill is generally credited with inventing modern American drama, in a time of cultural ferment and lively artistic and intellectual change. Yet O'Neill's theatrical instincts were always shaped by American stage traditions that were inextricable from his sense of himself and his own national culture. This study shows that his theatrical modernism represents not so much a break from these traditions as a reinvention of their scope and significance in the context of international stage modernism, offering an image of national culture and character that opens new possibilities for the stage while remaining rooted in its past. Kurt Eisen traces O'Neill's modernism throughout the dramatists's work: his attempts to break from the themes, plots, and moral conventions of the traditional melodramatic theatre; his experiments in stagecraft and theme, and their connection to traditional theatre and his European modernist contemporaries; the turn toward direct and indirect self-representation; and his critique of the family and of American 'pipe dreams' and the allure of success. The volume additionally features four contributed essays providing further critical perspectives on O'Neill's work, alongside a chronology of the writer's life and times.
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Eugene O Neill

See Richard Eaton, “Dolan, John 'Dirty,'” in Dowling, Critical Companion to Eugene O'Neill, 2:573–75. The ice pond was actually located on Hammond's land, ...

Author: Robert M. Dowling

Publisher: Yale University Press

ISBN: 9780300210590

Category: Biography & Autobiography

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An “absorbing” biography of the playwright and Nobel laureate that “unflinchingly explores the darkness that dominated O’Neill’s life” (Publishers Weekly). This extraordinary biography fully captures the intimacies of Eugene O’Neill’s tumultuous life and the profound impact of his work on American drama, innovatively highlighting how the stories he told for the stage interweave with his actual life stories as well as the culture and history of his time. Much is new in this extensively researched book: connections between O’Neill’s plays and his political and philosophical worldview; insights into his Irish American upbringing and lifelong torment over losing faith in God; his vital role in African American cultural history; unpublished photographs, including a unique offstage picture of him with his lover Louise Bryant; new evidence of O’Neill’s desire to become a novelist and what this reveals about his unique dramatic voice; and a startling revelation about the release of Long Day’s Journey Into Night in defiance of his explicit instructions. This biography is also the first to discuss O’Neill’s lost play Exorcism (a single copy of which was only recently recovered), a dramatization of his own suicide attempt. Written with both a lively informality and a scholar’s strict accuracy, Eugene O’Neill: A Life in Four Acts is a biography worthy of America’s foremost playwright. “Fast-paced, highly readable . . . building to a devastating last act.” —Irish Times
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Student Companion to Eugene O Neill

The objective is to enable the reader to gain a deeper understanding of the work and to apply critical thinking skills to the act of reading.

Author: Steven Fredric Bloom

Publisher: Greenwood Publishing Group

ISBN: 0313334315

Category: Literary Criticism

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A guide to the life and influence of the playwright also includes criticism of his major works, including a plot summary and exploration of the characters, setting, theme, and style of each work.
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Eugene O Neill s One Act Plays

Abortion: APlay inOne Act(completed, 1914; first produced, 1959). Critical Companion to Eugene O'Neill:A Literary Reference to hisLife and Work. Vol. 1.

Author: M. Bennett

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 9781137043931

Category: Social Science

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Eugene O'Neill, Nobel Laureate in Literature and Pulitzer Prize winner, is widely known for his full length plays. However, his one-act plays are the foundation of his work - both thematically and stylistically, they telescope his later plays. This collection aims to fill the gap by examining these texts, during what can be considered O'Neill's formative writing years, and the foundational period of American drama. A wide-ranging investigation into O'Neill's one-acts, the contributors shed light on a less-explored part of his career and assist scholars in understanding O'Neill's entire oeuvre.
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The Dramatic Journey of Eugene O Neill and Samuel Beckett

Rethinking Beckett: Collection of Critical Essays. MacMillan, 1984. • Cantanzaro, Mary. ... Dowling, Robert M. Critical Companion to Eugene O'Neill.

Author: Jaya Kapoor

Publisher: Partridge Publishing

ISBN: 9781543706888

Category: Performing Arts

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The moderns found these two writers to be one of them, and the post moderns said their essence was post-modern. They were found to have deep existential core and humanism was the defining spirit of their works. When a writer writes with deep empathy for the human situation, the work is freed from the traps of ideologies and techniques. It reaches out to people beyond time and space. Truth is complex and individual in manifestation but simple and universal in essence. This simplicity is the most difficult to achieve and most prized achievement of an artist. This simplicity of the communication is what the journey of O’Neill and Beckett has been all about. Their journey is marked by unsparing effort to give a universal metaphor to an immensely subjective experience. The voices of two of the greatest dramatists come together to tell not just what drama has been all about in the 20th Century, but also what it is in our own day. It looks not just into the plots or characters to understand their works but also how they communicated so much more through the way they visualized the technical aspects and theatrical impact of their plays.
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Long Day s Journey Into Night

Multimedia Edition O'Neill, Eugene King, William Davies ... Dowling, Robert M. Critical Companion to Eugene O'Neill: A Literary Reference to His Life and ...

Author: O'Neill, Eugene

Publisher: Yale University Press

ISBN: 9780300214321

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The American classic—as you’ve never experienced it before. This multimedia edition, edited by William Davies King, offers an interactive guide to O’Neill’s masterpiece. -- Hear rare archival recordings of Eugene O’Neill reading key scenes. -- Discover O’Neill’s creative process through the tiny pencil notes in his original manuscripts and outlines. -- Watch actors wrestle with the play in exclusive rehearsal footage. -- Experience clips from a full production of the play. -- Tour Monte Cristo Cottage, the site of the events in Long Day’s Journey Into Night, and Tao House, where the play was written. -- Delve into O’Neill’s world through photographs, letters, and diary entries. And much, much more in this multimedia eBook.
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To Have or Have Not

The Fervent Years: The Group Theatre and the Thirties. New York: Da Capo Press, 1975. Dowling, Robert M. Critical Companion to Eugene O'Neill: A ...

Author: James Fisher

Publisher: McFarland

ISBN: 9780786486830

Category: Performing Arts

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In a rapidly changing world, the ways in which economic forces affect both personal and global change can be difficult to track, particularly in the arts. This collection of twenty new essays explores both obscure and famous plays dealing with economic issues. Beginning with the Industrial Revolution, the text moves from Marx’s theories to Wall Street speculation, nineteenth century immigration issues, the excesses of the Gilded Age and the 1920s, the Great Depression, World War II and millennial economic challenges.
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Critical Companion to Arthur Miller

After the Fall, directed by Kazan, opened on January 23, 1964, at ANTA/ Washington Square Theater in repertory with a revival of EUGENE O'NEILL's Marco ...

Author: Susan C. W. Abbotson

Publisher: Infobase Publishing

ISBN: 9781438108384

Category: Literary Criticism

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Examines the life and works of Arthur Miller, including detailed synopses of a variety of his works, character descriptions, important places Miller lived and wrote about, and biographies of family, friends, and contemporaries.
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Critical Companion to Kurt Vonnegut

O'Neill, Eugene Eugene O'Neill, early 20th- century American playwright, is one of the four writers that the Xanadu writer's retreat in Timequake has named ...

Author: Susan Farrell

Publisher: Infobase Publishing

ISBN: 9781438100234

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Examines the life and works of Kurt Vonnegut including detailed synopses of a variety of his works, character descriptions, important places Vonnegut lived and wrote about, biographies of family, friends, and contemporaries, and more.
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The Oxford Handbook of American Literary Naturalism

He is the author of Slumming in New York: From the Waterfront to Mythic Harlem and the two-volume Critical Companion to Eugene O'Neill: A Literary Reference ...

Author: Keith Newlin

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 9780195368932

Category: Literary Criticism

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After its heyday in the late nineteenth and early twentieth century, naturalism, a genre that typically depicts human beings as the product of biological and environmental forces over which they have little control, was supplanted by modernism, a genre in which writers experimented with innovations in form and content. In the last decade, the movement is again attracting spirited scholarly debate. The Oxford Handbook of American Literary Naturalism takes stock of the best new research in the field through collecting twenty-eight original essays drawing upon recent scholarship in literary and cultural studies. The contributors offer an authoritative and in-depth reassessment of writers from Stephen Crane, Frank Norris, Theodore Dreiser, and Jack London to Kate Chopin, Edith Wharton, Ernest Hemingway, Richard Wright, John Steinbeck, Joyce Carol Oates, and Cormac McCarthy. One set of essays focus on the genre itself, exploring the historical contexts that gave birth to it, the problem of definition, its interconnections with other genres, the scientific and philosophical ideas that motivate naturalist authors, and the continuing presence of naturalism in twenty-first century fiction. Others examine the tensions within the genre-the role of women and African-American writers, depictions of sexuality, the problem of race, and the critique of commodity culture and class. A final set of essays looks beyond the works to consider the role of the marketplace in the development of naturalism, the popular and critical response to the works, and the influence of naturalism in the other arts.
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Eugene O Neill s One Act Plays

This collection aims to fill the gap by examining these texts, during what can be considered O'Neill's formative writing years, and the foundational period of American drama.

Author: Michael Y. Bennett

Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan

ISBN: 9780230339811

Category: Literary Criticism

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Although Eugene O'Neill's work has generated much scholarship, his one-act plays have not received the critical attention they deserve. Given that O'Neill began his career writing such plays, including his justly famous "Sea Plays," associated with the Provincetown Players, it is surprising that his one-acts have been largely neglected. This collection aims to fill the gap by examining these texts, during what can be considered O'Neill's formative writing years, and the foundational period of American drama. A wide-ranging investigation into O'Neill's one-acts, the contributors shed light on a less-explored part of his career and assist scholars in understanding O'Neill's entire oeuvre.
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Arthur Miller for the Twenty First Century

... Arthur Miller's partner in staging Death of a Salesman in China in 1983. ... Robert M. Dowling (New York, 2008); Critical Insights: Eugene O'Neill.

Author: Stephen Marino

Publisher: Springer Nature

ISBN: 9783030372934

Category: Literary Criticism

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Arthur Miller for the Twenty-First Century: Contemporary Views of His Writings and Ideas brings together both established Miller experts and emerging commentators to investigate the sources of his ongoing resonance with audiences and his place in world theatre. The collection begins by exploring Miller in the context of 20th-century American drama. Chapters discuss Miller and Eugene O’Neill, Tennessee Williams, Edward Albee, David Mamet, and Sam Shepard, as well as thematic relationships between Miller’s ideas and the explosion of significant women and African American dramatists since the 1970s. Other essays focus more directly on interpretations of Miller’s individual works, not only plays but also essays and fiction, including a discussion of Death of a Salesman in China. The volume concludes by considering Miller and current cultural issues: his work for human rights, his depiction of American ideals of masculinity, and his anticipation of contemporary posthumanism.
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A Study Guide for Eugene O Neill s Beyond the Horizon

BenZvi, Linda, “Freedom and Fixity in the Plays of Eugene O'Neill,” in The Critical Response to Eugene O'Neill, edited by John H. Houchin, Greenwood Press, ...

Author: Gale, Cengage Learning

Publisher: Gale, Cengage Learning

ISBN: 9781410341259

Category: Literary Criticism

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A Study Guide for Eugene O'Neill's "Beyond the Horizon," excerpted from Gale's acclaimed Drama For Students. This concise study guide includes plot summary; character analysis; author biography; study questions; historical context; suggestions for further reading; and much more. For any literature project, trust Drama For Students for all of your research needs.
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Critical Companion to Zora Neale Hurston

... hurston's plays can be read with serious critical consideration alongside those of her contemporary dramatists Tennessee Williams, eugene o'neill, ...

Author: Sharon Lynette Jones

Publisher: Infobase Publishing

ISBN: 9781438126937

Category: African American authors

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Zora Neale Hurston, one the first great African-American novelists, was a major figure in the Harlem Renaissance and an inspiration for future generations of writers. Widely studied in high school literature courses, her novels are admired for their depiction of Southern black culture and their strong female characters. Critical Companion to Zora Neale Hurston is a reliable and up-to-date resource for high school and college-level students, providing reliable information on Hurston's life and work. This new volume covers all her writings, including Their Eyes Were Watching God; her landmark works of folklore and anthropology, such as Mules and Men; and shorter works, such as her story The Gilded Six-Bits.
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The Oxford Handbook of American Literary Realism

She coedited, with Robert Dowling Jr., Eugene O'Neill and His Early Contemporaries. Her articles appear in the Critical Companion to Eugene O'Neill, ...

Author: Keith Newlin

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 9780190642907

Category: Literary Criticism

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The scholarship devoted to American literary realism has long wrestled with problems of definition: is realism a genre, with a particular form, content, and technique? Is it a style, with a distinctive artistic arrangement of words, characters, and description? Or is it a period, usually placed as occurring after the Civil War and concluding somewhere around the onset of World War I? This volume aims to widen the scope of study beyond mere definition, however, by expanding the boundaries of the subject through essays that reconsider and enlarge upon such questions. The Oxford Handbook of American Literary Realism aims to take stock of the scholarly work in the area and map out paths for future directions of study. The Handbook offers 35 vibrant and original essays of new interpretations of the artistic and political challenges of representing life. It is the first book to treat the subject topically and thematically, in wide scope, with essays that draw upon recent scholarship in literary and cultural studies to offer an authoritative and in-depth reassessment of major and minor figures and the contexts that shaped their work. Contributors here tease out the workings of a particular concept through a variety of authors and their cultural contexts. A set of essays explores realism's genesis and its connection to previous and subsequent movements. Others examine the inclusiveness of representation, the circulation of texts, and the aesthetic representation of science, time, space, and the subjects of medicine, the New Woman, and the middle class. Still others trace the connection to other arts--poetry, drama, illustration, photography, painting, and film--and to pedagogic issues in the teaching of realism. As a whole, this volume forges exciting new paths in the study of realism and writers' unending labor to represent life accurately.
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Historical Dictionary of Contemporary American Theater

Eugene O'Neill's America: Desire under Democracy. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2007. Dowling, Robert M. Critical Companion to Eugene O'Neill.

Author: James Fisher

Publisher: Scarecrow Press

ISBN: 0810879506

Category: Performing Arts

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Historical Dictionary of Contemporary American Theater presents the plays and personages, movements and institutions, and cultural developments of the American stage from 1930 to 2010, a period of vast and almost continuous change. It covers the ever-changing history of the American theater with emphasis on major movements, persons, plays, and events. This is done through a chronology, an introductory essay, an extensive bibliography, and over 1,500 cross-referenced dictionary entries. This book is an excellent access point for students, researchers, and anyone wanting to know more about the history of American theater.
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