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Complete Plays, 1920-1931

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The only American dramatist awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature, Eugene O'Neill wrote with poetic expressiveness, emotional intensity, and immense dramatic power. On the centenary of his birth The Library of America is publishing the first complete collection of O'Neill's plays. This volume, the second of three, contains 13 plays written between 1920 and 1931, years in ...more
Hardcover, 1092 pages
Published October 1st 1988 by Library of America
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Mar 30, 2015 RK-ique rated it liked it
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This is the second of three volumes of Eugene O'Neill's plays I have now made my way through. Only the third volume to go.

As with the first volume, the plays continued to show development, in this volume from 1920 with "Caleb" and "The First Man" through to what I would consider to be the first of O'Neill's classics, "Mourning Becomes Electra" in 1930. Although there is an uneven development from play to play, there is a definite movement from generally competent plays, although some bombs too,
Jim Leckband
Apr 13, 2012 Jim Leckband rated it liked it
This is the second volume of three total of the Library of America's O'Neill series. The first volume consisted of one-acts and apprentice works where O'Neill was really learning his craft. This volume is where he has mastered the basics of play writing and is really experimenting. The modernism of the twenties really took hold with O'Neill as he plays with psychological stream-of-consciousness, really overt symbolism, and the fusion of Greek tragedy with American plots.

These experiments are fas
Rob Prince
Sep 11, 2009 Rob Prince rated it really liked it
I love O'Neill. My favorite of his plays by far - The Iceman Cometh - a bunch of burnt out men waiting for someone to save them from themselves. When the play is over, every character has been permanently psychically destroyed until there is nothing left to do but drink until death. The movie with Jason Robards is outstanding. After seeing it with a friend - who not long ago went off the deep end and became a raving reactionary - he commented `That was SO depressing - I feel great'. Anyhow, O'Ne ...more
Lance Lusk
Jan 22, 2013 Lance Lusk rated it it was amazing
Powerful drama here. Love the quality and feel of The Library of America editions.
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Finished Mourning Becomes Electra 6/24/02

Finished Strange Interlude 6/22/02
May 31, 2008 Tim rated it it was ok
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Eugene Gladstone O'Neill was an American playwright who won the 1936 Nobel Prize in Literature "for the power, honesty and deep-felt emotions of his dramatic works, which embody an original concept of tragedy." More than any other dramatist, O'Neill introduced American drama to the dramatic realism pioneered by Russian playwright Anton Chekhov, Norwegian playwright Henrik Ibsen, and Swedish playwr ...more
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