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By women possessed : a life of Eugene O'Neill

by Gelb, Arthur, 1924-2014,

Format: Print Book 2016
Availability: Available at 4 Libraries 4 of 4 copies
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CLP - Main Library Second Floor - Non-fiction PS3529.N5 Z6527 2016
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Collection  Second Floor - Non-fiction
Call Number  PS3529.N5 Z6527 2016
Mt. Lebanon Public Library Non-Fiction 812 ONEILL Eugene Gel
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Northland Public Library Biography B O'NEILL
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Pleasant Hills Public Library Nonfiction 92 O'NEILL Eugene
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Eugene O'Neill is the acknowledged father of modern American theatre, the man who paved the way for the likes of Arthur Miller, Tennessee Williams, Edward Albee and a host of others. By Women Possessed is the last volume in an epic biography of O'Neill, following him through his great successes, the failures he was able to shrug off and the long eclipse: a twelve-year period in which, despite the Nobel, nothing he wrote was produced. A fascinating and necessary work from acclaimed authors and critics Arthur and Barbara Gelb.
Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "*Starred Review* Writing in 1931, Eugene O'Neill praised his third wife (Carlotta Monterey) for giving him a warm secure sanctuary that could only come from a mother and wife and mistress and friend! In this, their third and culminating study of America's only Nobel laureate playwright, the Gelbs plumb the psyche of a writer who desperately needed yet often resented the women who shaped his personal and artistic life. The formative influence of women on the writer's remarkable career emerges clearly in this richly detailed account of how O'Neill veered into guilt, self-doubt, and drunkenness while leaving one wife for another and while brooding on his conflicted relationship with a morphine-addicted mother who wished he had never been born. Despite the tangles in his relationships with women, O'Neill found inspiration in them for key characters and themes in masterpieces such as Desire under the Elms and Long Day's Journey into Night. Drawing on newly available diaries and interviews, the Gelbs not only chronicle the vindication of that inspiration as signaled by the Nobel Prize but also show the pathos in the aging O'Neill's slide into professional eclipse, estrangement from his children, and physical disintegration caused by a misdiagnosed neurological disease. A compellingly full-size portrait of a literary titan.--Christensen, Bryce Copyright 2016 Booklist"
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Publisher's Weekly Review: "Comprehensive is a word frequently used to describe meticulous biographies, but it doesn't manage to evoke the level of detail in the Gelbs' third book on the life of legendary playwright Eugene O'Neill. In the book, which includes a staggering 74 pages of endnotes, the Gelbs analyze O'Neill's life from a different standpoint than in O'Neill and O'Neill: Life with Monte Cristo: that of his tumultuous relationships with three wives, most notably his third, Carlotta Monterey. Though the authors find time to touch on O'Neill's second marriage in an extended flashback (a bit confusing, given that the entire book is written in the present tense) and his complex history with his mother, his quarter-century with Carlotta dominates the text-years filled with alcoholic relapses and bitter antagonism. The authors shed new light on one especially terrifying night near the end of O'Neill's life using previously unpublished diary entries. This is a compelling examination of one of the 20th century's most passionate and troubled minds, and a prime example of expert, diligent, and wryly editorial biographical research. (Nov.) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved."
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Additional Information
Subjects O'Neill, Eugene, -- 1888-1953.
O'Neill, Eugene, -- 1888-1953 -- Relations with women.
Dramatists, American -- 20th century -- Biography.
Publisher New York :2016
Contributors Gelb, Barbara, author.
Language English
Notes "A Marian Wood book."
Description xxv, 869 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
Bibliography Notes Includes bibliographical references (pages 767-770) and index.
ISBN 9780399159114
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