Eugene ONeill: Beyond Mourning and Tragedy Stephen A. Black

ISBN: 9780300076769

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Eugene ONeill: Beyond Mourning and Tragedy  by  Stephen A. Black

Eugene ONeill: Beyond Mourning and Tragedy by Stephen A. Black
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Within little more than three years of the opening of his first successful play on Broadway, Eugene ONeill endured the deaths of his father, mother, and brother. These devastating losses plunged the young playwright into a period of guilt andMoreWithin little more than three years of the opening of his first successful play on Broadway, Eugene ONeill 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 ONeills 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 ONeill 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 ONeills 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 playwrights life and work.

He follows the slow course of ONeills mourning by studying the many grieving characters in ONeills plays, and when at last the playwright accepts his losses and moves on, his characters do likewise. The changed tone and form of ONeills final plays, including Hughie and A Moon for the Misbegotten, reflect the playwrights psychological and artistic growth and his hard-won victory over mourning and tragedy.



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