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Eugene O'Neill Remembered eds. by Brenda Murphy and George Monteiro Monteiro (review)

Eugene O'Neill Remembered eds. by Brenda Murphy and George Monteiro Monteiro (review) Book Reviews 179 B RENDA Mu R p H y AND gEOR g E M ONTEIRO , EDS . E UGENE O’N EILL R E mE mb ERED Tuscaloosa: University of Alabama Press, 2017. xx + 378 pp. ISBN 978-0817319311 Reviewed by Kurt Eisen e fift Th h volume in the American Writers Remembered series edited by Jackson Bryer, Eugene O’Neill Remembered joins the array of primary resources about O’Neill already available in book form—letters, interviews, and full-length memoirs. It gathers a wide range of personal accounts of the playwright into what volume editors Brenda Murphy and George Monteiro call, aptly, “a composite portrait, more cubist than realist” (2). Some of their sources will be familiar, especially to O’Neillians, such as Susan Glaspell’s 1926 biography of Jig Cook, e R Th oad to the Temple, which established the origin tale of O’Neill’s 1916 emergence as a playwright on the shores of Provincetown, and a lengthier excerpt from Part of a Long Story, the 1958 memoir by O’Neill’s second wife, Agnes Boulton. A culling of the rich archive of interviews at Connecticut College by biographer Louis Sheaer s ff upplies much of the book’s content, but Murphy and Monteiro also track down remi- http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Eugene O'Neill Review Penn State University Press

Eugene O'Neill Remembered eds. by Brenda Murphy and George Monteiro Monteiro (review)

Eugene O'Neill Review , Volume 39 (1) – Apr 24, 2018

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Book Reviews 179 B RENDA Mu R p H y AND gEOR g E M ONTEIRO , EDS . E UGENE O’N EILL R E mE mb ERED Tuscaloosa: University of Alabama Press, 2017. xx + 378 pp. ISBN 978-0817319311 Reviewed by Kurt Eisen e fift Th h volume in the American Writers Remembered series edited by Jackson Bryer, Eugene O’Neill Remembered joins the array of primary resources about O’Neill already available in book form—letters, interviews, and full-length memoirs. It gathers a wide range of personal accounts of the playwright into what volume editors Brenda Murphy and George Monteiro call, aptly, “a composite portrait, more cubist than realist” (2). Some of their sources will be familiar, especially to O’Neillians, such as Susan Glaspell’s 1926 biography of Jig Cook, e R Th oad to the Temple, which established the origin tale of O’Neill’s 1916 emergence as a playwright on the shores of Provincetown, and a lengthier excerpt from Part of a Long Story, the 1958 memoir by O’Neill’s second wife, Agnes Boulton. A culling of the rich archive of interviews at Connecticut College by biographer Louis Sheaer s ff upplies much of the book’s content, but Murphy and Monteiro also track down remi-

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Published: Apr 24, 2018

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