Eugene O'Neill: A Critical Study

Eugene O'Neill: A Critical Study

Eugene O'Neill: A Critical Study

Eugene O'Neill: A Critical Study

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No modern man of letters has aroused a wider range of critical interest than has Eugene O'Neill. This is as true in the field of scholarly criticism as it is in the publications addressed to the popular reader. The list of scholars who have undertaken the serious study of his plays increases with each passing year. Two books devoted to a detailed study have appeared recently; others, are near completion. Biographical study is growing in volume. At least three books dealing with his life are at present being written. This year the whole issue of Modern Drama, a magazine devoted exclusively to the criticism of this genre was given over to articles on O'Neill's plays.

Now that all of O'Neill's work is published, the errors of an interpretation based on a single play need not occur. When Days Without End first appeared there were many predictions made that O'Neill had returned to the bosom of the Mother Church. This amused him, but he was also a trifle disappointed that the critics couldn't understand that he was not writing a confession of faith but a modern version of a morality play. He did not return to his childhood faith. His intellectual frame of reference out of which he created his dramas was the poetry and the philosophy of the . . .

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