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The Iceman Cometh

The Iceman Cometh
Author: Eugene O'Neill
ISBN 13: 9780300117431
ISBN 10: 300117434
Edition: unknown
Publisher: Yale University Press
Publication Date: 2006-08-28
Format: Paperback
Pages: 219
List Price: $12.95

Eugene O’Neill was the first American playwright to win the Nobel Prize in Literature. He completed The Iceman Cometh in 1939, but he delayed production until after the war, when it enjoyed a long run of performances in 1946 after receiving mixed reviews. Three years after O'Neill's death, Jason Robards starred in a Broadway revival that brought new critical attention to O’Neill’s darkest and most nihilistic play. In the half century since, The Iceman Cometh has gained enormously in stature, and many critics now recognize it as one of the greatest plays in American drama.  The Iceman Cometh focuses on a group of alcoholics and misfits who endlessly discuss but never act on their dreams, and Hickey, the traveling salesman determined to strip them of their pipe dreams.