Eugene O Neill

He presented himself as a controlling personality both in the texts--in the form of ample stage directions--and in performances based on these texts.

Author: Egil Törnqvist

Publisher: McFarland

ISBN: 0786417137

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 268

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Eugene O'Neill wrote his plays for a theatre in which the playwright would take a central position. He presented himself as a controlling personality both in the texts--in the form of ample stage directions--and in performances based on these texts. His plays address several audiences--reader, spectator, and production team--and scripts were often different from the published versions. This study examines O'Neill's multiple roles as a writer for many audiences. After a description of O'Neill's working conditions and the multiple audiences of the plays, this study examines the various formal aspects of the plays: titles, settings in time and place, names and addresses, language, and connections and allusions to other works. An examination of the plays follows, with particular emphasis on Bound East for Cardiff, Long Day's Journey Into Night, and A Touch of the Poet.
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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: 9781474238427

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 256

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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 in Ireland

Part theater history and part influence study, part production sourcebook and part anthology of criticism, this volume touches on all the possible connections between the playwright and the country to which he was so closely tied.

Author: Edward L. Shaughnessy

Publisher: Greenwood

ISBN: UCAL:B4975608

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 221

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Shaughnessy's Eugene O'Neill in Ireland: The Critical Response is both more and less than a detailed study of how O'Neill's plays have fared in his ancestral homeland. Part theater history and part influence study, part production sourcebook and part anthology of criticism, this volume touches on all the possible connections between the playwright and the country to which he was so closely tied. American Literature Although Eugene O'Neill felt that his Irishness was the single feature that came closest to explaining his work, the reaction of the Irish critics and public to his plays has never been systematically explored. This new study is the first to focus on Irish perceptions of O'Neill. It traces the discussion carried on by Irish critics, scholars, and theatre professionals and reveals, in the process, many exciting new insights into the nature and significance of the dramatist's work. A balanced and informative treatment, it includes the author's penetrating analysis of the ways O'Neill's Irish heritage affected his work, a selection of essays by Irish critics, and information on Irish productions of his plays. Shaughnessy first examines the dimensions of the playwright's Irish connections -- his ancestry and cultural heritage and his use of Irish-related themes, symbols, and language. He looks at the history of productions staged in Ireland between 1922 and 1987 and at the Irish perceptions of 'the O'Neill issue.' Drawing on reviews, personal interviews, questionnaires, and letters, Shaughnessy reveals the complexity of the controversy surrounding the playwright's work. Selected essays, editorials, reviews, and scholarly commentaries -- many reprinted here for the first time -- demonstrate the range of opinion and the continuing impact of O'Neill plays on Irish thought. A catalog of productions of O'Neill plays in both the Irish Republic and Northern Ireland provides information on the dates and locations of productions as well as casts and directors. This lively and informative work also includes a selection of superb photos of O'Neill productions staged by the Abbey Theatre, Dublin Gate Theatre, and Belfast Lyric Players.
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The Theatre of Eugene O Neill

"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.

Author: Kurt Eisen

Publisher:

ISBN: 1474238440

Category: Electronic books

Page: 241

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"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. Organized 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." -- Back cover.
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Eugene O Neill and the Reinvention of Theatre Aesthetics

 The plays of Eugene O'Neill testify to his continued search for new dramatic strategies.

Author: Thierry Dubost

Publisher: McFarland

ISBN: 9781476635682

Category: Drama

Page: 277

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 The plays of Eugene O’Neill testify to his continued search for new dramatic strategies. The author explores the Nobel Prize winner’s attempts at creating a new Modern play. He shows how, moving away from melodrama or “the problem play,” O’Neill revisited the classical frames of drama and reinvented theater aesthetics by resorting to masks, the chorus, acoustics, silence or immobility for the creation of his dramatic works.
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The Ecological Eugene O Neill

The dramas of Eugene O'Neill--often called America's first "serious" playwright--exhibit an imagining of the natural world that enlivens the plays and marks the boundaries of the characters' fates.

Author: Robert Baker-White

Publisher: McFarland

ISBN: 9780786498758

Category: Political Science

Page: 236

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The dramas of Eugene O’Neill—often called America’s first “serious” playwright—exhibit an imagining of the natural world that enlivens the plays and marks the boundaries of the characters’ fates. O’Neill’s figures move within purposefully animated natural environments—ocean, dense forest, desert plains, the rocky soil of New England. This new approach to O’Neill’s dramas explores these ecological settings as crucial to his characters’ ability to carry out their conscious and unconscious desires. O’Neill’s career is covered, from his youthful one-acts, to the middle years experimental dramas, to the mature tragedies of his late period. Special attention is paid to the connection of ecology and theological quest, and to O’Neill’s persistent evocation of an exotic, natural “other.” Combining an ecocritical approach with an examination of Classical and philosophical influences on the playwright’s creative process, the author reveals a new, less hermetic O’Neill.
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Three Plays

A collection of three plays by Eugene O'Neill.

Author: Eugene O'Neill

Publisher: Vintage

ISBN: 0679763961

Category: Drama

Page: 424

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A collection of three plays by Eugene O'Neill.
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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

Page: 208

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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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Four Plays by Eugene O Neill

Contained within this volume are some of the best of O'Neill's early one-act plays, which foreshadowed the longer plays that have given this dramatist his most enduring fame.

Author: Eugene O'Neill

Publisher: Digireads.Com

ISBN: 1420933477

Category: Drama

Page: 150

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Contained within this volume are some of the best of O'Neill's early one-act plays, which foreshadowed the longer plays that have given this dramatist his most enduring fame. "Beyond the Horizon" was the first of O'Neill's three Pulitzer Prize-winning plays. It follows the disappointed dreams of two brothers on their family farm. "The Emperor Jones" is an expressionistic transformation of a black man named Brutus Jones. In fleeing from his rebelling subjects in the West Indies, Jones is taken back to his racial past and undergoes a night of personal destruction. In "Anna Christie," we find a drama focusing on the relationship of a young woman and her sailor father, who has not seen her for twenty years. As their story unfolds, Anna's troubled romantic past comes to light, and the hardships of women during that time period become as apparent as the power of forgiveness and love. In the final play in this collection, "The Hairy Ape," a ship's fireman becomes disillusioned concerning the work he performs in a society that is quickly industrializing and taking a heavy human toll.
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Contour in Time

Carefully traces O'Neill's development as a dramatist and his impact on the American theater between the wars

Author: Travis Bogard

Publisher: Oxford University Press on Demand

ISBN: 9780195053418

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 507

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Carefully traces O'Neill's development as a dramatist and his impact on the American theater between the wars
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Selected Letters of Eugene O Neill

Provides a representative selection of O'Neill's voluminous correspondence written over a fifty-year period to intimate friends and family and to literary and theatrical personalities.

Author: Eugene O'Neill

Publisher: Yale University Press

ISBN: 0300043740

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 602

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Provides a representative selection of O'Neill's voluminous correspondence written over a fifty-year period to intimate friends and family and to literary and theatrical personalities.
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Eugene O Neill and American Society

'Eugene O'Neill and American Society' se aparta del análisis biográfico familiar de las obras hacia aspectos como su actitud antibélica, su interacción con los afroamericanos, su sorprendente amor por los musicales y su caracterización ...

Author: Ivonne Shafer

Publisher: Universitat de València

ISBN: 9788437083506

Category: Literary Criticism

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En su duodécimo libro, Yvonne Shafer se centra una vez más en Eugene O'Neill. Su libro anterior, 'Performing O'Neill', presentaba información fascinante sobre los actores (James Earl jones, Jason Robards, etc.) que crearon sus papeles. 'Eugene O'Neill and American Society' se aparta del análisis biográfico familiar de las obras hacia aspectos como su actitud antibélica, su interacción con los afroamericanos, su sorprendente amor por los musicales y su caracterización de mujer. Shafer que ha participado en el mundo del teatro como actriz, directora, crítica y erudita, ha impartido clases y conferencias en lugares como China, Noruega y Bélgica. Su representación de Eugene O'Neil On Stage ha deleitado al público de Alemania, Estados Unidos y la Universitat de València entre otros lugares de España.
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The First Man

This thought-provoking play from Irish-American playwright Eugene O'Neill takes an unflinching look at the challenges of parenting and the often primal conflicts that can fester between parents and their children.

Author: Eugene O'Neill

Publisher: The Floating Press

ISBN: 9781776533619

Category: Drama

Page: 87

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This thought-provoking play from Irish-American playwright Eugene O'Neill takes an unflinching look at the challenges of parenting and the often primal conflicts that can fester between parents and their children. The drama unfolds during what starts out as a pleasant-enough social visit, as anthropologist Curtis Jayson and his wife Martha play host to one of Curtis' college friends.
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Long Day s Journey Into Night

It won the Tony Award for Best Play, and O'Neill was posthumously awarded the 1957 Pulitzer Prize for Drama. This edition includes a full introduction, biographical sketch and chronology.

Author: Eugene O'Neill

Publisher: MIT Press

ISBN: 1854591029

Category: American drama

Page: 110

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A true modern classic from one of the twentieth century's most significant writers, Long Day's Journey into Night is an intensely autobiographical, magnificently tragic portrait of the author's own family - a play so acutely personal that he insisted it was not published until after his death. One single day in the Tyrones' Connecticut home. James Tyrone Snr is a miser, a talented actor who even squanders his talent in an undemanding role; eldest son Jamie is an affable, whoremongering alcoholic and confirmed ne'er-do well; youngest son Edmund is poetic, sensitive, suffering from a respiratory condition and deep-seated disillusionment; and their mother Mary, living in a haze of self-delusion and morphine addiction. Existing together under this roof, and the profound weight of the past, they subtly tear one another apart, shred by shred. 'Set in 1912, the year of O'Neill's own attempted suicide, it is an attempt to understand himself and those to whom he was irrevocably tied by fate and by love. It is the finest and most powerful play to have come out of America' Christopher Bigsby Eugene O'Neill's play Long Day's Journey into Night was written in 1939-41, and first published in 1956 (after O'Neill's death in 1953). It was first performed at the Royal Dramatic Theatre, Stockholm, in February 1956, and had its first American production at Helen Hayes Theater, New York, in November that year. It won the Tony Award for Best Play, and O'Neill was posthumously awarded the 1957 Pulitzer Prize for Drama. This edition includes a full introduction, biographical sketch and chronology.
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The Theatre of Today

Author: Edwin A. Engel

Publisher:

ISBN: IND:32000011558311

Category: Dramatists, American

Page: 14

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The Aesthetics of Failure

This work closely examines how O'Neill's failures as a playwright are inspiring and how his disappointments are reflections of his own theory that tragedy requires failure, a theory that is evident in his work.

Author: Zander Brietzke

Publisher: McFarland

ISBN: 0786483113

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 277

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Critic Clive Barnes once called Eugene O'Neill the "world's worst great playwright" and Brooks Atkinson called him "a tragic dramatist with a great knack for old-fashioned melodrama." These descriptions of the man can also be used to describe his work. Despite the fact that O'Neill is the only American playwright to win the Nobel Prize for Literature and his last works are some of America's finest, most of his published works are not good. This work closely examines how O'Neill's failures as a playwright are inspiring and how his disappointments are reflections of his own theory that tragedy requires failure, a theory that is evident in his work. Conflicts in O'Neill's plays are studied at the structural level, with attention paid to genre, language or dialogue, characters, space and time elements, and action. Included is information about O'Neill's life and a chronological listing of all of his 50 plays with basic details such as production history, principal characters, dramatic action, and a brief commentary.
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Early Plays

This volume brings to readers a selection of Eugene O'Neill's early work, written between 1914 and 1921 and produced for the stage between 1916 and 1922.

Author: Eugene O'Neill

Publisher: Penguin Classics

ISBN: 0141186704

Category: Drama

Page: 395

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This volume brings to readers a selection of Eugene O'Neill's early work, written between 1914 and 1921 and produced for the stage between 1916 and 1922. Included here are: seven one-act plays, The Moon of the Caribbees, Bound East for Cardiff, In the Zone, The Long Voyage Home, Ile, Where the Cross Is Made, and The Rope; and five full-length plays, Beyond the Horizon, The Straw, Anna Christie, and the classics The Emperor Jones and The Hairy Ape. The majority of the plays are heavily influenced by German expressionism-Freud, Nietzsche, Strindberg, and the radical leftist politics in which O'Neill was involved during his youth. Included in this unique collection is the little known and highly autobiographical play, The Straw, which draws on O'Neill's confinement in the Gaylord Farm Sanatorium.
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The Emperor Jones

Bold, expressionistic drama describing the fall of a self-proclaimed, plundering monarch of a West Indian island. Powerful work established O'Neill's reputation as one of America's most important dramatists.

Author: Eugene O'Neill

Publisher: Courier Corporation

ISBN: 9780486159607

Category: Drama

Page: 64

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Bold, expressionistic drama describing the fall of a self-proclaimed, plundering monarch of a West Indian island. Powerful work established O'Neill's reputation as one of America's most important dramatists.
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Critical Companion to Eugene O Neill

Nadel, Norman. A Pictorial History of the Theatre Guild. Special Material by Lawrence Langner and Armina Marshall. New York: Crown, 1969. O'Neill, Eugene.

Author: Robert M. Dowling

Publisher: Infobase Publishing

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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The Long Voyage Home and Other Plays

From one of America's greatest playwrights, 4 of his finest short plays.

Author: Eugene O'Neill

Publisher: Courier Dover Publications

ISBN: 9780486287553

Category: Drama

Page: 80

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From one of America's greatest playwrights, 4 of his finest short plays. Written between 1913 and 1917 and filled with moody, intense and fascinating characters entrapped by larger forces, they include Bound East for Cardiff, In The Zone, The Long Voyage Home and The Moon of the Caribbees.
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