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O'Neill: Life with Monte Cristoby Arthur Gelb
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"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
Book News Annotation:
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)
"O'Neill: Life with Monte Cristo" is the first volume of the completely rewritten biography of America's only Nobel Prize-winning playwright. "Brilliantly researched and written. . . . The story is as powerful as any O'Neill play."--"Los Angeles Times."
This first volume of the completely rewritten biography of Eugene O'Neill, America's only Nobel Prize-winning playwright is "brilliantly researched and written" ("The Los Angeles Times").
Includes bibliographical references (p. -652) and index.
About the Author
Arthur Gelb, former managing editor of The New York Times, has edited numerous works, including Great Lives of the Twentieth Century. He is president of The New York Times Company Foundation. The Gelbs live in New York City.
Barbara Gelb is the author of So Short a Time, a biography of John Reed and Louise Bryant, and she is the coauthor of O'Neill. Barbara and Arthur Gelb live in New York City.
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