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Selected Biographical Studies

Alexander, Doris M. The tempering of Eugene O’Neill. NY: Harcourt, Brace, World, 1962. 301 pp [M105] (see index for plays)

Black, Stephen  A. Eugene O’Neill: beyond  mourning and tragedy. New Haven, CT: Yale UP, 2000. 543 pp

Boulton, Agnes. Part of a long story: Eugene O’Neill as a young man in love. Ed. William D.

Brietzke, Zander. ‘The gift of Ric Burns.’ Eugene O’Neill Review 28 2006 113-30 (the 2006 documentary on O’Neill)

-----. ‘O’Neill and the Nobel.’ Pp 222-37 in Bloom 3

Dardis, Tom. The thirsty muse: alcohol and the American writer. NY: Ticknor & Fields, 1989, 213-56: ‘O’Neill: “Turn back the universe, and give me yesterday”’ [S86] (largely biographical)

Dimitrijevic, Aleksandar. ‘An attempt at unmasking Eugene O’Neill.’ Journal of the American Academy of Psychoanalysis and Dynamic Psychiatry 33 i 2005 163-75

Dowling, Robert M. Eugene O’Neill: a life in four acts. New Haven, CT: Yale UP, 2014 (not yet examined)

-----. ‘On Eugene O’Neill’s “philosophical anarchism.”’ Eugene O’Neill Review 29 2007 50-72

Dubost, Thierry. ‘“You are the Irish kitchen maid, are you not?” Young O’Neill, the Irish radical.’ Pp 95-109 in Herrmann

Egan, Leona R. Provincetown as a stage: Provincetown, the Provincetown Players, and the discovery of Eugene O’Neill. Orleans, MA: Parnassus, 1994. 296 pp [S88]

Gelb, Arthur. City room. NY: Putnam, 2003. 664 pp (biographer’s memoir with much about O’Neill’s postwar resurgence)

-----, & Barbara Gelb. O’Neill. Enlarged ed. NY: Harper, 1973. 990 pp [S95]

-----. O’Neill: life with Monte Cristo. NY: Applause Books, 2000. 758 pp [S95] (first of  three projected volumes; best source for biographical context of earliest plays)

Gill, Glenda E. ‘My transformation through the O’Neill Society.’ Eugene O’Neill Review 34 2013 227-32

Goodwin, D. W. ‘The alcoholism of Eugene O’Neill.’ Journal of the American Medical Association 216 i 1971 99-104

Guha Majumdar, Ruprenda. ‘Desire beyond the Château d’If: Eugene O’Neill [senior] and the fortunes of Monte Cristo.’ Eugene O’Neill Review 34 2013 167-82

Herrmann, Eileen J., & Robert M. Dowling. Eugene O’Neill and his early contemporaries: bohemians, radicals, progressives, and the avant garde. Jefferson, NC: McFarland, 2011

King. Jefferson, NC: McFarland, 2011. 275 pp (first publ. 1958; see also King below)

King, William D. Another part of a long story: literary traces of Eugene O’Neill & Agnes Boulton. Ann Arbor: Univ. of Michigan Pr., 2010. 328 pp

-----. ‘Carlotta Monterey O’Neill’s ‘Memorial for Gene’: releasing Long Day’s Journey Into Night.’ Eugene O’Neill Review 35 2014 185-246 (draws heavily on Carlotta’s late diaries, which are excerpted on 195-246)

-----., ed. ‘The Port Saïd incident: Carlotta Monterey, diaries, October 5, 1928 to January 15, 1929.’ Eugene O’Neill Review 33 2012 237-72 (‘Afterword,’ 259-72)

Lee, E. Andrew. ‘The image of Irish in the life and work of Eugene O’Neill.’ Eugene O’Neill Review 35 2014 137-60

Lévy, Ghyslain, Eugène O’Neill: ou l’inconvenance de vivre. Paris: Anthropos, 1994. 164 pp

Markel, Howard. ‘Grasping at straws: Eugene O’Neill, tuberculosis, and transformation.’ Journal of the American Medical Association 303 xiii 2010 1316-17

Murphy, Brenda. ‘Getting to know O’Neill.’ Eugene O’Neill Review 35 2014 247-56 (a prolific O’Neill scholar’ reminiscences)

Price, Bruce H., & E. P. Richardson. ‘The neurological illness of Eugene O’Neill: a clinicopathological report.’ New England Journal of Medicine 342 xv April 13 2000 1126-33

Quintero, José. If you don’t dance they beat you. Boston: Little, Brown, 1974, 215-64: ‘O’Neill-Quintero’ [S116]

Shafer, Yvonne. ‘O’Neill, Glaspell, and John Reed: antiwar, pro-American reformers.’ Eugene O’Neill Review 32 2010 70-85 (activities of the Provincetown Players)

Sheaffer, Louis. O’Neill, son  and playwright. Boston: Little, Brown, 1968. 543 pp [M147]; O’Neill, son  and artist. Boston: Little, Brown, 1973. 750 pp [S121] (see indexes for background and reception of plays)

Smith, Madeline C., & Richard Eaton. ‘The return of John Moffat.’ Eugene O’Neill Review 33 2012 220-36 (Carlotta’s first husband)

Spinale, Kevin. ‘O’Neill’s dark passage: was the playwright seeking God “man to man”?’ America Nov 25 2013 22—23 (speculation of a Catholic critic)

Thomas, D.C. A Formidable Shadow: The O'Neill Connection. St. Louis:, 2014. 231 pp

‘Tribute: Frederick Charles Wilkins (1935-2013).’ Eugene O’Neill Review 34 2013 236-52 (comments by several O’Neillians)

Vaillant, George E. The wisdom of the ego. Cambridge, MA: Harvard UP, 1993, 266-83: ‘Eugene O’Neill: the maturation of defenses’ (some treatment of autobiographical plays)

Wise, Trevor M. ‘Biography of Eugene O'Neill.’ Pp 20-26 in Bloom 3


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