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Exorcism: A Play in One Act Hardcover – February 28, 2012

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"[T]he long-overdue addition of Exorcism to his body of work . . . helps us see a little more clearly into the dark soul of one of America's greatest dramatists."—Colin Dabkowski, Buffalo News
(Colin Dabkowski The Buffalo News)

Exorcism opens a window on the moment in 1912 when O’Neill bottomed out. . . . His early writings are filled with intertextual references. The freshness and originality of his early work was consistent with the larger trend of modernist literature—deeply embedded in a world of reused words.”—William Davies King, Eugene O’Neill Review
(William Davies King Eugene O’Neill Review)

“A kind of portrait of the artist as a young man.”— NPR
(NPR)

Exorcism's most enduring message may be that, even with artists,the drama on stage is no less real than that of everyday life.”— Heather Horn, The Atlantic Wire
(Heather Horn The Atlantic Wire)

Serialized in The New Yorker
(The New Yorker)

About the Author

Eugene O’Neill (1888–1953), considered by many to be America’s greatest playwright, was a four-time recipient of the Pulitzer Prize for Drama and winner of the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1936.

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 112 pages
  • Publisher: Yale University Press; First Edition edition (February 28, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0300181310
  • ISBN-13: 978-0300181319
  • Product Dimensions: 7.4 x 7.1 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,568,663 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful By dianaers on March 9, 2012
Format: Hardcover
Exorcism: A Play in One Act was recently discovered in 2011. Written and performed in 1920, Eugene O'Neill inexplicably pulled the play out of production and ordered all existing copies to be destroyed. The play was met with mixed reviews.

In the intro by Edward Albee, as a stand alone, it is a not a marked milestone in O'Neill's budding career as a playwright. Albee speculates that O'Neill's dissatisfaction with Exorcism may have to do with his attempt at eradicating this play. However, it is a worthy study as a predecessor to his more well-known works, The Iceman Cometh and Long Day's Journey Into Night.

So, having said that, unless you're a fan or a student of Eugene O'Neill's works, I found that as a reading, it wasn't particularly very good. The end is anti-climatic, and the character interactions were awkward. The play centers around a suicide attempt, but it seems the characters apart from Ned (the character that attempted the suicide), treat the incident with too much glibness. I can understand why Mr O'Neill wanted this work stricken from his distinguished portfolio. However, I'll be sure to read this again if I come around to reading the two critically acclaimed aforementioned works to have some more insight into his work.
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I purchase this as a gift, the Actor Loved it, NPR also did a review & an interview with the author of the introduction to the play. google it , you'll love it.
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By F. Kubin on August 13, 2013
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Somewhat interesting read for O'Neill fans (to complete your list) though it's easy to see why he never wanted it published. Pretty hokey.
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