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Critical Companion to Eugene O'Neill

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ISBN-10: 0816066752
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Eugene O’Neill is the only American dramatist to win the Nobel Prize in Literature. He also won four Pulitzer Prizes throughout his career, one posthumously. Written by an O’Neill scholar for a broad audience, this work is meant “to reproduce the life and drama of the playwright in a sustained dialogue with nearly five generations of O’Neill critics, scholars, fellow dramatists, friends, and family members.” Following the structure of other titles in the publisher’s Critical Companion series, this one begins with a biography, followed by A–Z coverage of O’Neill’s works. Next comes a dictionary of “Related People, Places, and Topics.” Appendixes contain a chronology of O’Neill’s life and bibliographies of works by and about the writer. Entries on O’Neill’s works are detailed; nearly 30 pages are devoted to The Iceman Cometh, for example. Each entry contains some background on the writing of the play as well as a synopsis, commentary, character descriptions, and a bibliography for further reading. Cross-references often refer to the “Related People, Places, and Topics” section. Black-and-white photographs, many of them from stage productions, are scattered throughout the text. These volumes are wonderfully organized and very easy to use. They would be very appropriate for libraries catering to a high-school and undergraduate audience. Entries are of a length to provide a good background of O’Neill’s works and life. Also available as an e-book. --Jennifer Dawson

About the Author

Robert M. Dowling, Ph.D., is associate professor of English at Central Connecticut State University. He is the author of Slumming in New York: From the Waterfront to Mythic Harlem.

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 818 pages
  • Publisher: Facts on File, Inc. (August 1, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0816066752
  • ISBN-13: 978-0816066759
  • Product Dimensions: 2.5 x 7.8 x 9.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.5 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 2.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,517,394 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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ROBERT M. DOWLING is professor of English at Central Connecticut State University. His acclaimed biography Eugene O'Neill: A Life in Four Acts (Yale University Press, 2014) was a Los Angeles Times Book Prize Finalist. His other books include Slumming in New York: From the Waterfront to Mythic Harlem (2007); the two-volume Critical Companion to Eugene O'Neill (2009); the anthology Eugene O'Neill and His Contemporaries: Bohemians, Radicals, Progressives, and the Avant Garde (co-edited with Eileen Herrmann, McFarland, 2011); and a compendium of opening night reviews, Eugene O'Neill: The Contemporary Reviews (co-edited with Jackson R. Bryer, Cambridge University Press, 2014). Dowling also edited the folio for the online journal Drunken Boat, "Celtic Twilight: 21st-Century Irish Americans on Eugene O'Neill" (2010). He has published articles in The Daily Beast, The Huffington Post, Drunken Boat, and The Eugene O'Neill Review, among many other publications. Dowling serves on the editorial board of The Eugene O'Neill Review and the board of directors of the Eugene O'Neill Society.

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This expensive "critical companion" is not what I expected. There is no real analysis of O'Neill's plays, simply a bunch of synopses.
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