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Eugene O'Neill; Introduction by Robert Brustein

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All of O’Neill’s themes and concerns find expression in his one-act plays. They are the dramatic equivalent of short stories. Here gathered in a single volume are nine one-act plays that span the playwright’s career—from the early sea plays to the Expressionist masterpiece The Hairy Ape to the eerie nocturnal monologue Hughie.
Included in this volume: Bound East for Cardiff • Fog • Thirst • The Long Voyage Home • Ile • The Moon of the Caribbees • In the Zone • The Hairy Ape • Hughie

Eugene O’Neill (1889–1953), the father of American drama, won the Pulitzer Prize for Drama four times and was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1936.  Robert Brustein, founding director of the American Repertory Theatre and of the Yale Repertory Theatre, has been a key figure in American theater for the last forty years. He is the author of numerous books, including Millennial Stages: Essays and Reviews 2001-2005, published by Yale University Press.

“[O’Neill] singlehandedly waded through the dismal swamplands of American drama, bleak, squashy, and oozing sticky goo, and alone and singlehanded bore out the water lily that no American had found there before him.”—George Jean Nathan

“[O’Neill] is the most American of our handful of dramatists who matter most.”—Harold Bloom

“O’Neill belongs to that group of American authors, which includes Farrell and Dreiser, whose choice of vocation was a kind of triumphant catastrophe; none of these men possessed the slightest ear for the word, the sentence, the speech, the paragraph; all of them, however, have, so to speak, enforced the career they decreed for themselves by a relentless policing of their beat.”—Tony Kushner

“O’Neill was not the first American to turn to one-act plays . . . but there is no doubt that . . . he perfected the form, just as Hemingway, a few years later, was to perfect the genre of the American short story.”—from the introduction by Robert Brustein

Selected as a 2008 AAUP University Press Book for Public and Secondary School Libraries.
ISBN: 9780300107791
Publication Date: March 1, 2007
320 pages, 5 x 7 3/4
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