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Eugene O'Neill: Beyond Mourning and Tragedy

Stephen A. Black
New Haven: Yale University Press, 1999
First edition, with dust jacket

 
A Word to the Reader

Chapter One

Washington Post Review, January 16, 2000

 

Stephen Black presents a new understanding of Eugene O'Neill's life, from his troubled childhood and adolescence through a glacially slow period of mourning for his family to his ultimate emergence from the preoccupation with grief and loss that had pervaded his life and his writings.  Black argues that O'Neill consciously and deliberately used playwriting as a medium of self-psychoanalysisan endeavor that led to the creation of some of the finest American plays ever written and, eventually, to a successful therapeutic outcome.

 

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