The Resource Eugene O'Neill's creative struggle : the decisive decade, 1924-1933, Doris Alexander

Eugene O'Neill's creative struggle : the decisive decade, 1924-1933, Doris Alexander

Label
Eugene O'Neill's creative struggle : the decisive decade, 1924-1933
Title
Eugene O'Neill's creative struggle
Title remainder
the decisive decade, 1924-1933
Statement of responsibility
Doris Alexander
Creator
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
In Eugene O'Neill's Creative Struggle, Doris Alexander gives us a new kind of inside biography that begins where the others leave off. It follows O'Neill through the door into his writing room to give a blow-by-blow account of how he fought out in his plays his great life battles--love against hate, doubt against belief, life against death--to an ever-expanding understanding. It presents a new kind of criticism, showing how O'Neill's most intimate struggles worked their way to resolution through the drama of his plays. Alexander reveals that he was engineering his own consciousness through his plays and solving his life problems--while the tone, imagery, and richness of the plays all came out of the nexus of memories summoned up by the urgency of the problems he faced in them. By way of O'Neill, this study moves toward a theory of the impulse that sets off a writer's creativity, and a theory of how that impulse acts to shape a work, not only in a dramatist like O'Neill but also in the case of writers in other mediums, and even of painters and composers. The study begins with Desire Under the Elms because that play's plot was consolidated by a dream that opened up the transfixing grief that precipitated the play for O'Neill, and it ends with Days Without End when he had resolved his major emotional-philosophical struggle and created within himself the voice of his final great plays. Since the analysis brings to bear on the plays all of his conscious decisions, ideas, theories, as well as the life-and-death struggles motivating them, documenting even the final creative changes made during rehearsals, this book provides a definitive account of the nine plays analyzed in detail (Desire Under the Elms, Marco Millions, The Great God Brown, Lazarus Laughed, Strange Interlude, Dynamo, Mourning Becomes Electra, Ah, Wilderness! and Days Without End), with additional analysis of plays written before and after
Biography type
individual biography
Cataloging source
DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Alexander, Doris
Government publication
government publication of a state province territory dependency etc
Index
index present
LC call number
PS3529.N5
LC item number
Z555 1992
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • O'Neill, Eugene
  • O'Neill, Eugene
  • O'Neill, Eugene
  • O'Neill, Eugene
  • Dramatists, American
  • Dramaturges américains
  • Dramatists, American
  • Drama
Label
Eugene O'Neill's creative struggle : the decisive decade, 1924-1933, Doris Alexander
Instantiates
Publication
Note
Includes index
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Introduction: The Mystery--and the Solving of It -- Chronology of Important Events Leading Up to This Story -- 1. Desire Under the Elms -- 2. Marco Millions -- 3. The Great God Brown -- 4. Lazarus Laughed -- 5. Strange Interlude -- 6. Dynamo -- 7. Mourning Becomes Electra -- 8. Ah, Wilderness! -- 9. Days Without End -- Quotations from the Plays
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
ix, 339 pages
Isbn
9780271008134
Lccn
91029976
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
System control number
  • (OCoLC)24246358
  • (OCoLC)ocm24246358
Label
Eugene O'Neill's creative struggle : the decisive decade, 1924-1933, Doris Alexander
Publication
Note
Includes index
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Introduction: The Mystery--and the Solving of It -- Chronology of Important Events Leading Up to This Story -- 1. Desire Under the Elms -- 2. Marco Millions -- 3. The Great God Brown -- 4. Lazarus Laughed -- 5. Strange Interlude -- 6. Dynamo -- 7. Mourning Becomes Electra -- 8. Ah, Wilderness! -- 9. Days Without End -- Quotations from the Plays
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
ix, 339 pages
Isbn
9780271008134
Lccn
91029976
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
System control number
  • (OCoLC)24246358
  • (OCoLC)ocm24246358

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