Volume 9 of Laconics introduces a new section
ó English 47. This was
the name of the famous playwriting course taught by George
Pierce Baker at Harvard, a course attended by O'Neill in
1914-1915. Apart from what he learned in the course, O'Neill
was forever grateful for Baker's encouragement at a time
when he was in dire need of it.
Dr. Kathleen Johnson is an Associate
Professor in the Department of English at Miami University. She's also
in the business of encouraging students. Dr. Johnson teaches a senior seminar of
undergraduate students devoted to O'Neill, and she sought a platform for
their scholarly written work such that they would have a real audience.
So began English 47.
begins with papers by four of Dr. Johnson's students, preceded by her
insightful introduction. We hope this is truly a beginning, and
encourage other teachers to use English 47 as a
platform for their students.
Laconics welcomes provocative articles of any length
concerning the life, times, and work of Eugene OíNeill and
his contemporaries. Essays accepted for publication
throughout the year will be added to the above table of
contents. Please submit papers (with digital images, audio
clips, or video clips) to the