The only American dramatist to win the Nobel Prize for Literature, Eugene O'Neill was the dominant voice in American theatre throughout the 1920s and 1930s. This volume discusses his most popular plays, including Long Day's Journey into Night, Anna Christie, Strange Interlude and The Iceman Cometh. A great starting point for students seeking an introduction to O'Neill and the critical discussions surrounding his work.
Edited by Steven Bloom, Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs; Dean of Undergraduate Education and Professor of English, Lasell College, this volume in the Critical Insights series presents a variety of new essays on the American dramatist.
1.Career, Life, and Influence
For readers who are studying O'Neill for the first time, a biographical sketch relates the details of his life.
Four essays survey the critical reception of O'Neill's work, explore its cultural and historical contexts, situate O'Neill among his contemporaries, and review key themes in his work.
Readers seeking a deeper understanding of the writer can then move on to other essays that explore topics like O'Neill's views on family, faith and male-female relationships; his symbolism and imagery, and his responses to the issues of his day. Works discussed include Long Day's Journey into Night, Anna Christie, Strange Interlude, Ah! Wilderness, and The Iceman Cometh. Among the contributors are Richard Eaton, Brenda Murphy, Trevor Wise, and William Davies King. Each essay is 2,500 to 5,000 words in length, and all essays conclude with a list of "Works Cited," along with endnotes.
The volume's appendices offer a section of useful reference resources, including:
- A chronology of the author's life
- A complete list of the author's works and their original dates of publication
- A general bibliography
- A detailed paragraph on the volume's editor
- Notes on the individual chapter authors
- A subject index