Exorcism: A Play in One Act
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Exorcism: A Play in One Act

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Shortly after the debut of Exorcism in 1920, Eugene O’Neill suddenly canceled production and ordered all extant copies of the drama destroyed. For over ninety years, it was believed that the play was irrevocably lost, until it was recently discovered that O’Neill’s second wife had in fact retained a copy, which she later gave to the prolific screenwriter and producer Phili...more
Published October 17th 2011 by New Yorker Magazine (first published February 28th 2011)
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the background of eugene o'neill's exorcism is perhaps more compelling than the play itself. his final one-act play (published in 1919 and first performed a year later), exorcism is the tale of a thwarted suicide attempt - informed by o'neill's own failed try some seven years earlier. suicide was seemingly ever-present in the playwright's life: his drug-addicted mother had made an attempt, his grandfather may have taken his own life, and both of his sons would later succumb by their own hand.

More interesting as an artifact than as drama/literature
The sad story of the attempted suicide of Ned, saved by his friends; based on the author true history.

La triste storia del tentato suicidio di Ned, salvato dai suoi amici e basata sulla storia vera dell'autore.

four stars for the actual play, which only takes up about 30% of the book. The rest is 2 long, overly wordy introductions and a copy of the typewritten play.
Interesting "lost" play of O'Neill's. A one-act play in which can be seen O'Neill's future, greater work. Good introductions.
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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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