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By Clive Bloom (eds.)

An creation to American drama, geared toward scholars, teachers and critical readers, that's additionally involved that the strange names and forgotten voices of these who made an important contribution to its heritage, were unfairly neglected.

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But for 'God' we have to read: any dominant external force or demonic inevitability, before and within which human life is under scarcely tolerable control. Or is believed to be. ' Passed through Nietzsche's death of God, and what Freud ironically called 'the family romance', the question becomes O'Neill's theatre - and it is never dominated by one member of a family's point of view. That is the strength of Long Day's Journey into Night. Mary Tyrone believes 'I was healthy before Edmund was born.

They are compelled to retain their masks, their pipedream illusions, as O'Neill dubs them, their dreams of a possible life, the haunted sense of an opportunity untaken. Back in 1926 O'Neill had composed Lazarus Laughed, his most extended vision of a performance text, a large-scale complex of 40 American Drama choreographic controls, musical environment, hundreds of actors in 400 costumes and 300 masks representing the seven ages of man, seven types of character and three races. The materials are the possibility of rebirth or rejuvenation - a characteristically American region of desire.

601. Ibid. , p. 602. Ibid. , p. 870. Eric Bentley, 'Trying to Like O'Neill', in In Search ofTheatre (New York: Vintage Books, 1954). Mary McCarthy, 'Eugene O'Neill - Dry Ice', in Sights and Spectacles, 1937-58 (London: Heinemann, 1959). Georg Lukacs, The Meaning of Contemporary Realism (London: Merlin Press, 1962) pp. 83-4. 3 Clifford Odets MICHAEL WOOLF One day Cheryl Crawford, one of the Group's directors, asked me to read half a dozen scripts which were being considered for production. I went through them with little interest, until I came to the last, whose vivid characterization, pungent dialogue and effective dramaturgy revealed a brilliant new talent ...

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