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The Resource Eugene O'Neill's America : desire under democracy, John Patrick Diggins

Eugene O'Neill's America : desire under democracy, John Patrick Diggins

Label
Eugene O'Neill's America : desire under democracy
Title
Eugene O'Neill's America
Title remainder
desire under democracy
Statement of responsibility
John Patrick Diggins
Creator
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
  • A compelling intellectual and cultural history of Eugene O'Neill's role in and contribution to American culture
  • "In the face of seemingly relentless American optimism, Eugene O'Neill's plays reveal an America many would like to ignore, a place of seething resentments, aching desires, and family tragedy, where failure and disappointment are the norm and the American dream a chimera. Though derided by critics during his lifetime, his works resonated with audiences, won him the Nobel Prize and four Pulitzer, and continue to grip theatergoers today. Historian John Patrick Diggins offers a biography that both traces O'Neill's tumultuous life and explains the forceful ideas that form the heart of his unflinching works." "Diggins paints a detailed portrait of the playwright's life, from his Irish roots and his early years at sea to his relationships with his troubled mother and brother. Here we see O'Neill as a young Greenwich Village radical, a ravenous autodidact who attempted to understand the disjunction between the sunny public face of American life and the rage that he knew was simmering beneath. According to Diggins, O'Neill mined this disjunction like no other American writer. His characters burn with longing for an idealized future composed of equal parts material success and individual freedom, but repeatedly they fall back to earth, pulled by the tendrils of family and the insatiability of desire. Drawing on thinkers from Emerson to Nietzsche, O'Neill viewed this endlessly frustrated desire as the problematic core of American democracy, simultaneously driving and undermining American ideals of progress, success, and individual freedom." "Melding a assessment of O'Neill's works and thought with a sensitive recreation of his life, Eugene O'Neill's America offers a new view of America's greatest playwright - and a new picture of American democracy itself."--BOOK JACKET
Cataloging source
DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Diggins, John P
Dewey number
  • 812/.52
  • B
Index
index present
LC call number
PS3529.N5
LC item number
Z6275 2007
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Dramatists, American
  • Dramatists, American
  • Dramatists, American
  • O'Neill, Eugene
  • America
Label
Eugene O'Neill's America : desire under democracy, John Patrick Diggins
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages [267]-282) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Knowers unknown to ourselves -- The misery of the misbegotten -- The playwright as thinker -- Anarchism: the politics of the "long loneliness" -- Beginnings of American history -- "Lust for possession" -- Possessed and self-dispossessed -- "Is you a nigger, nigger?" -- "The merest sham": women and marriage -- Religion and the death of death -- "The Greek dream in tragedy is the noblest ever" -- Waiting for hickey -- The theater as temple
Control code
71552508
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
xv, 305 pages
Isbn
9780226148809
Isbn Type
(cloth : alk. paper)
Lccn
2006051409
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
System control number
(OCoLC)71552508
Label
Eugene O'Neill's America : desire under democracy, John Patrick Diggins
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages [267]-282) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Knowers unknown to ourselves -- The misery of the misbegotten -- The playwright as thinker -- Anarchism: the politics of the "long loneliness" -- Beginnings of American history -- "Lust for possession" -- Possessed and self-dispossessed -- "Is you a nigger, nigger?" -- "The merest sham": women and marriage -- Religion and the death of death -- "The Greek dream in tragedy is the noblest ever" -- Waiting for hickey -- The theater as temple
Control code
71552508
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
xv, 305 pages
Isbn
9780226148809
Isbn Type
(cloth : alk. paper)
Lccn
2006051409
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
System control number
(OCoLC)71552508

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