Eugene O'Neill's critics: voices from abroad

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Southern Illinois University Press, 1984 - Drama - 225 pages
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O’Neill’s plays have been translated into practically all major languages and have received remarkable performances in many countries. His impact has been such that since 1922, according to Tuck, “there has been an outpouring of opin­ions about the man, his experimental work, his universal qualities, his philo­sophical probings, his language, his dra­matic method, and his forerunners in the theater, American as well as foreign.” As these 30 essays indicate, O’Neill was truly an international figure, stirring comment from all parts of the world.


O’Neill’s stock rose considerably in 1936 when he received the Nobel Prize. His selection was applauded in Scan­dinavia as it confirmed the opinions of his work held in Sweden, Denmark, and Finland. The Nobel Prize also caused the critics of France to reevaluate his work, this time much more favorably. Sum­ming up, Tuck notes that the “articles in this anthology reflect genuine attempts to present O’Neill as faithfully as pos­sible throughout the world. O’Neill’s plays are not,” she observes, “for any one time or any one place, as indicated by the years the essays span (1922–80) and the number of countries they represent [17 in all].”

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About the author (1984)

Horst Frenz is a retired Distinguished Professor of Comparative Literature and English at Indiana University, Bloom­ington.


Susan Tuck, frequent contributor to the Eugene O’Neill Newsletter, is com­pleting her dissertation on Faulkner and O’Neill at Indiana University. When ill­ness forced Professor Frenz to stop work on this book, Ms. Tuck, as his assistant, prepared the introduction and finished the manuscript.

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