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The Haunted Heroes of Eugene O'Neill

Engel, Edwin A.
Cambridge: Harvard University Press, 1953
First edition, with dust jacket


One of the most complete volumes devoted to a study of the entire O'Neill canon.  It specifically avoids bibliography and biography, holding closely to the plays in a concentrated attempt to analyze them and to determine their over-all worth and central themes.  Various sections, bearing interesting titles like "Only God's Chillun Got Wings," "Everywoman," and "Everymannon," discuss important items from all plays in chronological order.  Engel feels that O'Neill's early plays, up to about 1925, are best, and will in the long run survive.  The detailed synopses and the many excerpts from the plays can be legitimately criticized, but to anyone not familiar with O'Neill's works, they will be helpful and revealing.Miller


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