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By Clive Bloom (eds.)

An advent to American drama, geared toward scholars, teachers and severe readers, that is additionally involved that the unusual names and forgotten voices of these who made an incredible contribution to its heritage, were unfairly neglected.

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Its main idea is that everlasting game of trying to possess your own soul by the possession of something outside it too. 25 In a letter, he saw his function clearly, and it is characteristic in his generation of American writers: to see the transfiguring nobility of tragedy, in as near the Greek sense as one can grasp it ... 26 He had the ability to create examples for that transfiguration. Mary McCarthy put it well in 1946, after experiencing The Iceman Cometh: 'made of ice and fire; it is full of will and fanatical determination; it appears to have hardened at some extreme temperature of mind'.

5 26 American Drama In practice, he altered the Aeschylan pattern. In the 'Working Notes' he is explicit: he will work at the figure of Electra as the godpunished example of 'tragic fate', while retaining his concept of 'a modern psychological drama'. As Lavinia Mannon, his Electra, faces her Ibsen ghosts from a corrupt past, and finally enters the House of Mannon as the curtain falls, there is no possibility of a future society of difference. In Aeschylus, the Furies who torment, with guilt for matricide, become Eumenides, forces of absolution and fertility.

Once again, O'Neill's drama moves towards the novel, and in this case towards those 'stream of consciousness' fictions made fashionable after Joyce's Ulysses in 1922, and neatly parodied by Groucho Marx a few years later, following the popularity of O'Neill's play. ) The presentation of the hidden, the secret, the taboo is popular - a resistance to censorship. The play's 426 performances made it O'Neill's longest run, and produced his third Pulitzer Prize. An intermittent flow of interiority might sound ludicrous.

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