O'Neill

O'Neill

Life With Monte Cristo

Book - 2000
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Penguin Putnam
"Brilliantly researched and written...The story is as powerful as any O'Neill play...."
--Los Angeles Times

Never before in the annals of American letters have biographers returned to their subject with the aim of radically rethinking and retelling their story form beginning to end.

Arthur and Barbara Gelb's O'Neill: Life with Monte Cristo is the first volume of the completely rewritten biography of America's only Nobel Prize-winning playwright. The Gelbs originally published the first full-scale life of the dramatist in 1962, nine years after his death. In the intervening thirty-eight years, they have conducted extensive interviews and have unearthed masses of hitherto unknown or withheld material-letters, diaries, scenarios-from which they have fashioned this supremely definitive life of O'Neill.

The Gelbs take O'Neill from his lonely childhood through his seafaring, adventure-filled and often self-destructive youth. This new research and perspective probes O'Neill's psychological torment over his mother's rejection and his father's benevolent tyranny, his suicide attempt, his struggle with alcoholism, and his tumultuous love affairs. This first volume follows O'Neill to his first triumph on Broadway with Beyond the Horizon that set him on the path toward the ultimate brilliant achievements of The Iceman Cometh, A Moon for the Misbegotten, and what is universally regarded as America's greatest play, Long Day's Journey into Night.

?illustrated with black-and-white photo-inserts



Random House, Inc.
"Brilliantly researched and written...The story is as powerful as any O'Neill play...."
--Los Angeles Times

Never before in the annals of American letters have biographers returned to their subject with the aim of radically rethinking and retelling their story form beginning to end.

Arthur and Barbara Gelb's O'Neill: Life with Monte Cristo is the first volume of the completely rewritten biography of America's only Nobel Prize-winning playwright. The Gelbs originally published the first full-scale life of the dramatist in 1962, nine years after his death. In the intervening thirty-eight years, they have conducted extensive interviews and have unearthed masses of hitherto unknown or withheld material-letters, diaries, scenarios-from which they have fashioned this supremely definitive life of O'Neill.

The Gelbs take O'Neill from his lonely childhood through his seafaring, adventure-filled and often self-destructive youth. This new research and perspective probes O'Neill's psychological torment over his mother's rejection and his father's benevolent tyranny, his suicide attempt, his struggle with alcoholism, and his tumultuous love affairs. This first volume follows O'Neill to his first triumph on Broadway withBeyond the Horizon that set him on the path toward the ultimate brilliant achievements ofThe Iceman Cometh, A Moon for the Misbegotten, and what is universally regarded as America's greatest play,Long Day's Journey into Night.

?illustrated with black-and-white photo-inserts



Baker & Taylor
A stirring account of America's only Nobel Prizewinning playwright follows O'Neill on a journey that is every bit as tortured as one of his character's, from his troubled relationship with his parents and attempted suicide to his stellar success on Broadway. 35,000 first printing.

Book News
In 1962, Arthur, former managing editor of the The New York Times and Barbara, biographer of John Reed and Louise Bryant, published a biography of US playwright Eugene O'Neill (1888-1953), but have continued their research, and here offer the first of three massive volumes amplifying their theme. They now delve into his father's Irish ancestry and late-19th-century stage career, and tell stories about his early life that were either too racy for the early 1960s or that were not yet spoken of by those who knew. The first volume proceeds to just before he began writing plays. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Baker
& Taylor

An updated biography incorporating new primary sources offers a fresh view of the Nobel Prize-winning playwright's inspirations, relationships, and idealism.

Publisher: New York : Applause, c2000
ISBN: 9780399146091
0399146091
Branch Call Number: B ONE
Characteristics: xix, 758 p., [34] p. of plates : ill. ; 24 cm
Additional Contributors: Gelb, Barbara

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