List of illustrations; Notes on contributors; Chronology; List of plays and poems; Introduction Michael Manheim; 1. 'Celebrant of loss': Eugene O'Neill 1888-1953 Stephan A. Black; 2. O'Neill's philosophical and literary paragons Egil Toernqvist; 3. O'Neill and the theatre of his time Daniel J. Watermeier; 4. From trial to triumph: the early plays Margaret Loftus Ranald; 5. The middle plays James A. Robinson; 6. The late plays Normand Berlin; 7. Notable American stage productions Ronald Wainscott; 8. O'Neill on screen Kurt Eisen; 9. O'Neill's America: the strange interlude between the wars Brenda Murphy; 10. O'Neill's African and Irish-Americans: stereotypes or 'faithful realism'? Edward L. Shaugnessy; 11. O'Neill's female characters Judith E. Barlow; 12. 'A tale of possessors self-disposessed' Donald Gallup; 13. Trying to write the family play: autobiography and the dramatic imagination Jean Chothia; 14. The stature of Long Day's Journey Into Night Michael Manheim; 15. O'Neill and the cult of sincerity Matthew H. Wikander; 16. O'Neill criticism Michael Manheim; Select bibliography of full-length works; Index.
Specially commissioned essays explore the life and work of Eugene O'Neill from his earliest writings to Long Day's Journey Into Night.
"Manheim (Univ. of Toledo) provides an excellent overview of O'Neill's plays and adds to the great volume of critical analysis of the playwright's work." Choice