The Unknown O`Neill

Unpublished or Unfamiliar Writings of Eugene O`Neill

Edited by Travis Bogard; Eugene O´Neill

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April 27, 1988
444 pages, 6 1/8 x 9 1/4
ISBN: 9780300039856
Cloth

Eugene O’Neill has long been celebrated as America’s greatest playwright.  This year, in the centennial of his birth, Yale University Press takes pride in bringing out an edition of O’Neill’s little-known works of the imagination and his principal critical statements, most of which have not hitherto been published.  Edited and introduced by eminent O’Neill scholar Travis Bogard, the pieces—mostly early works—shed valuable light on O’Neill’s artistic development.
Contained here are a four-act tragedy, “The Personal Equation”; the original version of Marco Millions; a dramatic adaptation of Coleridge’s “The Rime of the Ancient Mariner”; a scenario “The Reckoning,” and Bolton O’Neill; the fourth act of “The Ole Davil,” which became, with some alteration of tone, “Anna Christie”; and two short stories, “Tomorrow” and “S.O.S.”  Also included are an unpublished love poem and several critical and occasional pieces, composition of Mourning Becomes Electra and “The Last Will and Testament of Silverdene Emblem O’Neill,” written on behalf of his Dalmatian, Blemie.  “There is here no undiscovered masterwork,” says Bogard in his foreword, “but much here foreshadows what was to come as ‘Tomorrow,’ written in 1917, explores the ground on which The Iceman Cometh was to be created.  In some of the writing, O’Neill is struggling to learn his craft: the scenario of ‘The Reckoning,’ for example, shows him in the process of forming a lifelong habit of detailing a play in a long narrative account.  In the poem to Jane Caldwell and the memorial for Blemie, glimpses of a gentle, private man can be caught.  In the critical pieces, O’Neill attempts an uncharacteristic but interesting articulation of his theatrical principles.  In all the fugitive works gathered here, the O’Neill voice sounds clear…. It remains worth hearing.”
“An important work about an unknown O’Neill that will reveal this fascinating personality to the general public.” –Paul Shyre
Travis Bogard, emeritus professor of dramatic art at the University of California, Berkeley, has edited many works and papers of O’Neill, including, with Jackson R. Bryer, “The Theatre We Worked For”: The Letters of Eugene O’Neill to Kenneth Macgowan.

"An important work about an unknown O’Neill that will reveal this fascinating personality to the general public."—Paul Shyre

"Devoted students of modern American drama will be glad for this volume of unpublished or minor works by the premier American playwright of this century. . . . The significance of each item is clarified by Bogard’s intelligent editorial commentary." —Booklist

In a book written out of a passionate belief in the staying powers of the democratic principles, a noted historian has written a major work that may be described as an interpretation of American thought and character since the 1880s. “Impressive in its inclusive sweep.”—Joseph Wood Krutch, New York Times

"These largely early writings show one of America’s most famous dramatists at his typewriter, grappling with themes and obsessions, experimenting with styles, forging the artistry that would make him famous—and considerable interest attaches to them for that reason."—Publisher’s Weekly

"Every O’Neill scholar-critic will pore over this collection of work left in manuscript along with some out of the way, early publications. . . . Bogard tells us everything that (but not more than) we need to know for a truly informed reading."—American Literature

"The pieces constituting this amiable hodge-podge will doubtless prove fascinating to O’Neillians both professional and lay. A treasuretrove that the dedicated reader of Eugene O’Neill’s dramatic works will find enlightening and suggestive—Choice



"A handsome scholarly tribute to O’Neill’s one-hundredth birthday. . . . Bogard’s edition is a must for scholars, fascinating reading for the general reader, and the best kind of celebration of the centennial of America’s foremost dramatist."—Susan Rusinko, World Literature Today
Selected Letters of Eugene O`Neill

Edited by Travis Bogard; Jackson Bryer and Eugene O´Neill

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