A Touch of the Poet and More Stately Mansions

Eugene O´Neill; Edited and introduced by Martha Gilman Bower

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February 9, 2004
586 pages, 5 x 8
ISBN: 9780300100792
Paper

A Touch of the Poet and More Stately Mansions are regarded as two of Eugene O’Neill’s finest plays. Companion pieces, linked by characters and themes, they form part of a projected series of eleven interconnected plays in which the playwright intended to give a psychological and economic account of American life. Now these works, the only surviving plays in O’Neill’s “Cycle,” are brought together for the first time in a paperback volume. The version of More Stately Mansions presented here is O’Neill’s unexpurgated text, scrupulously edited by Martha Gilman Bower, which restores the playwright’s original opening scene, a crucial epilogue, and other material essential to our understanding of the play.

Eugene O’Neill (1888-1953), the father of American drama, won the Pulitzer Prize for Drama four times and was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1936. Martha Gilman Bower is professor of English and graduate literature and criticism at Indiana University of Pennsylvania.

A Touch of the Poet is in a class just short of The Iceman Cometh and Long Day’s Journey into Night.”—Harold Bloom

"An invitation to great acting."—Brooks Atkinson, New York Times

"Pulses with a dramatic inner life that makes most contemporary plays seem stillborn."—Time

"Has more than a touch of the poet which was in O'Neill . . . . reveals an intense kinship with the currently successful Long Day's Journey into Night."—Glendy Culligan, Washington Post-Times-Herald

"A drama of tremendous force. The reader who voluntarily sets aside this slim volume before finishing it has no interest in human beings."—George W. Stowe, Hartford Times
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