EUGENE O'NEILL: The Unfinished Plays by Virginia--Ed. Floyd

EUGENE O'NEILL: The Unfinished Plays

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KIRKUS REVIEW

Fittingly released in this O'Neill centennial year are these copious notes to his last three, unfinished plays, ably edited and annotated by O'Neill scholar Floyd (Eugene O'Neill: A World View, 1980; etc.) Labored on by a dying O'Neill in the early 40's, tire three plays--The Visit of Malatesta (a comedy), The Last Conquest, and Blind Alley Guy--reflect the playwright's horror at the fascism then threatening the globe. The notes cohere enough to follow (""May, Rosa enter--May; 'Where's Poppa, etc.' Angelo: 'Where's the Black Death?'--his nickname for Francina--May: 'Went upstairs to weep'. . .""); but probably only hardcore O'Neill fans will want to bother. Floyd's penetrative introduction to O'Neill and the plays is exemplary, however, adding luster to this somewhat gray footnote to a major theatrical opus.

Pub Date: April 20th, 1988
Publisher: Ungar