In 1962, Arthur, former managing editor of the and Barbara, biographer of John Reed and Louise Bryant, published a biography of US playwright Eugene O'Neill (1888-1953), but have continued their research, and here offer the first of three massive volumes amplifying their theme. They now delve into his father's Irish ancestry and late-19th-century stage career, and tell stories about his early life that were either too racy for the early 1960s or that were not yet spoken of by those who knew. The first volume proceeds to just before he began writing plays. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR
When the Gelbs former managing editor of the New York Times Arthur and Barbara (So Short a Take) published the first full-scale biography of Eugene O Neill in 1962, they had the advantage of having interviewed many people who were close to O Neill, including his widow, Carlotta. However, they had neither access to archival resources now open to researchers nor the freedom to reveal many of the secrets they had uncovered. Thirty years later, they asked Applause Books to bring their book into print after a minor revision, which turned into a complete rewriting that made use of quite a bit of new information and a more mature understanding of their subject. This maturity is particularly evident in their examination of O Neill s mother and her relationship with him. The book is an excellent companion to Stephen Black s Eugene O Neill: Beyond Mourning and Tragedy (LJ 11/1/99), which employs a psychoanalytic approach in exploring some of the same archival material. Strongly recommended for all academic, public, and high school libraries; Volume 2 is scheduled for 2002. Susan L. Peters, Emory Univ. Lib., Atlanta, GA Copyright 2000 Cahners Business Information.