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The Remainder in the Middle

Zander Brietzke

in Magnum Opus: The Cycle Plays of Eugene O'Neill

Published in print:
2021
Published Online:
January 2022
ISBN:
9780300248470
eISBN:
9780300258301
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Yale University Press
DOI:
10.12987/yale/9780300248470.003.0004
Subject:
Literature, Criticism/Theory

O’Neill definitively completed A Touch of the Poet and composed a fourth and final draft for that expressed purpose in 1942. The status of More Stately Mansions is more problematic. Scholars have ... More


Eight Hundred Million Notes and but Two Plays Done

Zander Brietzke

in Magnum Opus: The Cycle Plays of Eugene O'Neill

Published in print:
2021
Published Online:
January 2022
ISBN:
9780300248470
eISBN:
9780300258301
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Yale University Press
DOI:
10.12987/yale/9780300248470.003.0001
Subject:
Literature, Criticism/Theory

Instead of trying to build the Cycle from its many fragments, Magnum Opus examines the center of the Cycle and evaluates not so much how O’Neill started with the project, but how he finished. Staged ... More


The Glencairn Template

Zander Brietzke

in Magnum Opus: The Cycle Plays of Eugene O'Neill

Published in print:
2021
Published Online:
January 2022
ISBN:
9780300248470
eISBN:
9780300258301
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Yale University Press
DOI:
10.12987/yale/9780300248470.003.0009
Subject:
Literature, Criticism/Theory

O’Neill’s wordiness invites a theatrical reinterpretation with bold gestures and design elements to replace inordinate amounts of text. The final chapter nods at O’Neill’s cycle of one-act sea plays ... More


Løvborg’s Lost Manuscript

Zander Brietzke

in Magnum Opus: The Cycle Plays of Eugene O'Neill

Published in print:
2021
Published Online:
January 2022
ISBN:
9780300248470
eISBN:
9780300258301
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Yale University Press
DOI:
10.12987/yale/9780300248470.003.0003
Subject:
Literature, Criticism/Theory

This chapter debunks myths about the alleged destruction of the Cycle. When, for example, Carlotta O’Neill dramatized the burning of her husband’s work in an interview with the New York Times in ... More


Climbing the Harford Family Tree

Zander Brietzke

in Magnum Opus: The Cycle Plays of Eugene O'Neill

Published in print:
2021
Published Online:
January 2022
ISBN:
9780300248470
eISBN:
9780300258301
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Yale University Press
DOI:
10.12987/yale/9780300248470.003.0006
Subject:
Literature, Criticism/Theory

O’Neill spent considerable time and effort to draft an elaborate Harford family tree in July 1937. This schematic revealed what he had done to that point, as well as the future direction of the Cycle ... More


Possessed and Self-dispossessed

John Patrick Diggins (ed.)

in Eugene O'Neill's America: Desire Under Democracy

Published in print:
2007
Published Online:
February 2013
ISBN:
9780226148809
eISBN:
9780226148823
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226148823.003.0007
Subject:
Literature, Drama

Eugene O'Neill's A Touch of the Poet and More Stately Mansions dealt with the conviction that America and American democracy had failed its ideals. A Touch of the Poet stood at the center of the ... More


Stripped Stark Naked

Zander Brietzke

in Magnum Opus: The Cycle Plays of Eugene O'Neill

Published in print:
2021
Published Online:
January 2022
ISBN:
9780300248470
eISBN:
9780300258301
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Yale University Press
DOI:
10.12987/yale/9780300248470.003.0007
Subject:
Literature, Criticism/Theory

O’Neill invoked the phrase “stripped stark naked” to describe the desired effect in The Iceman Cometh, but he actually used that same phrase, and several other similar iterations, in the immediately ... More


Sara Melody and the American Dream

Zander Brietzke

in Magnum Opus: The Cycle Plays of Eugene O'Neill

Published in print:
2021
Published Online:
January 2022
ISBN:
9780300248470
eISBN:
9780300258301
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Yale University Press
DOI:
10.12987/yale/9780300248470.003.0005
Subject:
Literature, Criticism/Theory

Sara Melody Harford emerges as the protagonist of A Touch of the Poet and More Stately Mansions when the two plays are considered in sequence as one event. Cornelius Melody may be the star of the ... More


Magnum Opus: The Cycle Plays of Eugene O'Neill

Zander Brietzke

Published in print:
2021
Published Online:
January 2022
ISBN:
9780300248470
eISBN:
9780300258301
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Yale University Press
DOI:
10.12987/yale/9780300248470.001.0001
Subject:
Literature, Criticism/Theory

Magnum Opus offers an original and provocative analysis of Eugene O'Neill's unfinished cycle play project. From 1935 to 1939, Eugene O'Neill worked on a series of plays that would trace the history ... More


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