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Complete Plays, 1913-1920
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Hardcover, 1107 pages
Published October 1st 1988 by Library of America
(first published April 12th 1983)
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A great experience. Starting with O'Neill's early, very bad, attempts at writing plays through an arduous process of development. The final plays in the book, especially Anna Christie and The Emporer Jones are showing some of the strengths that come out in O'Neill's mature works. I shall be starting in volumes 2 and 3 of the set to get to the end of his career. This is proving to be a very enjoyable project. I have been a fan of O'Neill for decades but only now am I getting to know him.
This is probably more than anyone should read of what the author himself wished suppressed -- unless you are after an up-close look at how much a writer needs to produce before there is anything worth paying attention to or unless there is comfort in noting that progress in not linear, but full of backsliding and unaccountable leaps forward.
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 ...moreMore about Eugene O'Neill