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The Melodramadness of Eugene O'Neill

Geddes, Virgil
Brookfield: The Brookfield Players, 1934
First edition, wrappers

 

This 48-page pamphlet uses most of O'Neill's plays to prove that O'Neill is not truly a man of the theatre because he does not actually contribute to what the new American drama and theatre demand.  He lacks a comic spirit, a realistic understanding of women, and a true art; his tragedy is more like melodrama, lacking any philosophy.  Geddes' attack is not violent, but it is heavily one-sided.  As one of the few early books devoted to O'Neill alone, however, it is worth reading.Miller

 

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