Eugene O'Neill: Beyond Mourning and Tragedy

Eugene O'Neill: Beyond Mourning and Tragedy

by Stephen A. Black
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0300093993

ISBN-13: 9780300093995

Pub. Date: 02/08/2002

Publisher: Yale University Press

Within little more than three years of the opening of his first successful play on Broadway, Eugene O'Neill endured the deaths of his father, mother, and brother. These devastating losses plunged the young playwright into a period of guilt and profound mourning that consumed two decades of his life. In this enlightening critical biography, deeply informed by the

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Within little more than three years of the opening of his first successful play on Broadway, Eugene O'Neill endured the deaths of his father, mother, and brother. These devastating losses plunged the young playwright into a period of guilt and profound mourning that consumed two decades of his life. In this enlightening critical biography, deeply informed by the insights of psychoanalysis, Stephen Black presents a new understanding of Eugene O'Neill's life (1888-1953), 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-psychoanalysis-an endeavor that led to the creation of some of the finest American plays ever written and, eventually, to a successful therapeutic outcome.
Through close analysis of O'Neill's plays and literary writings, some five thousand surviving letters, other personal documents, and accounts of people who knew him, Black reaches new conclusions about important aspects of the playwright's life and work. He follows the slow course of O'Neill's mourning by studying the many grieving characters in O'Neill's plays, and when at last the playwright accepts his losses and moves on, his characters do likewise. The changed tone and form of O'Neill's final plays, including Hughie and A Moon for the Misbegotten, reflect the playwright's psychological and artistic growth and his hard-won victory over mourning and tragedy.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780300093995
Publisher:
Yale University Press
Publication date:
02/08/2002
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
600
Product dimensions:
6.13(w) x 9.25(h) x (d)

Table of Contents

A Word to the Reader xiii
Abbreviations xxiii
James and Ella, 1845-1877
1(17)
The Marriage, 1877-1884
18(19)
The Sons of Monte Cristo, 1884-1895
37(22)
The World Discovered and Rejected, 1895-1902
59(17)
Growing Up at School and on the Streets, 1902-1907
76(19)
Eugene Adrift, 1907-1911
95(22)
A Stroll on the Bottom of the Sea, 1912
117(16)
A Tragic Playwright in the Making, 1913-1914
133(24)
Among God's Fools: In Love in New London and Cambridge, 1914-1915
157(28)
The Road to Provincetown, September 1915-January 1918
185(26)
Gene 'n' Aggie, 1918-1919
211(26)
Beyond the Horizon, 1919-1920
237(24)
After Papa Died, 1920-1922
261(20)
Eugene in Mourning, 1923
281(18)
O'Neill's Analysis, 1923-1924
299(20)
Further Analysis, 1925
319(15)
Changes, 1925-1927
334(19)
Gene and Carlotta Abroad, 1927-1931
353(21)
O'Neill's Breakdown, 1931-1934
374(20)
Into the Summerhouse, 1935-1939
394(20)
Tragedy and Beyond, 1939
414(22)
Celebrant of Loss, 1939-1941
436(20)
Beyond Mourning, 1942-1943
456(14)
San Francisco and New York, 1943-1947
470(21)
The Long Voyage Home, 1947-1953
491(16)
Notes 507(2)
Annotated Bibliography 509(10)
Acknowledgments 519(6)
Index 525

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