Complete Plays, 1913-1920

Complete Plays, 1913-1920

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The only American dramatist awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature, Eugene O'Neill wrote with poetic expressiveness, emotional intensity, and immense dramatic power. This Library of America volume (the first in a three-volume set) contains twenty-nine plays he wrote between 1913, when he began his career, and 1920, the year he first achieved Broadway success.

Many of O'Neill's early plays are one-act melodramas whose characters are caught in extreme situations. Thirst and Fog depict shipwreck survivors, The Web a young mother trapped in the New York underworld, and Abortion the aftermath of a college student's affair with a stenographer.
His first distinctive works are four one-act plays about the crew of the tramp steamer Glencairn that render sailors' speech with masterful faithfulness. Bound East for Cardiff , In the Zone , The Long Voyage Home , and The Moon of the Caribbees portray these "children of the sea" as they watch over a dying man, sail though submarine-patrolled waters, take their shore leave in a London dive, and drink rum in a moonlit tropical anchorage.

In Beyond the Horizon Robert Mayo begins a tragic chain of events by abandoning his dream of a life at sea, choosing instead to marry the woman his brother loves and remain on his family farm. The sea in "Anna Christie" is both "dat ole devil" to coal barge captain Chris Christopherson and a source of spiritual cleansing to his daughter Anna, an embittered prostitute. When a swaggering stoker falls in love with her, Anna becomes the apex of a three-sided struggle full of enraged pride, grim foreboding, and stubborn hope. Both of these plays won the Pulitzer Prize and helped establish O'Neill as a successful Broadway playwright.

The Emperor Jones depicts the nightmarish journey through a West Indian forest of Brutus Jones, a former Pullman porter turned island ruler. Fleeing his rebellious subjects, Jones confronts his violent deeds and the tortured history of his race in a series of hallucinatory episodes whose expressionist quality anticipates many of O'Neill's later plays.

LIBRARY OF AMERICA is an independent nonprofit cultural organization founded in 1979 to preserve our nation's literary heritage by publishing, and keeping permanently in print, America's best and most significant writing. The Library of America series includes more than 300 volumes to date, authoritative editions that average 1,000 pages in length, feature cloth covers, sewn bindings, and ribbon markers, and are printed on premium acid-free paper that will last for centuries.
Publisher: New York, N.Y. : Literary Classics of the United States : Distributed to the trade in the United States and Canada by the Viking Press, c1988.
ISBN: 9780940450486
Branch Call Number: PS3529.N5 1988
Characteristics: 1104 p. ; 21 cm.
Additional Contributors: Bogard, Travis
Authors: O'Neill, Eugene, 1888-1953
Uniform Title: Plays. Selections
Title: Complete plays, 1913-1920
Publisher: New York, N.Y. : Literary Classics of the United States : Distributed to the trade in the United States and Canada by the Viking Press, c1988.
Characteristics: 1104 p. ; 21 cm.
Notes: "Travis Bogard wrote the notes and selected the texts for this volume"--5th prelim. p.
Contents: A wife for life
The web
Bread and butter
Bound east for Cardiff
The movie man
The sniper
The personal equation
Before breakfast
Now I ask you
In the zone
The long voyage home
The moon of the Caribbees
The rope
Beyond the horizon
Shell shock
The dreamy kid
Where the cross is made
The straw
Chris Christophersen
"Anna Christie"
The Emperor Jones.
Additional Contributors: Bogard, Travis
ISBN: 9780940450486
Branch Call Number: PS3529.N5 1988
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