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Book Review: Three Plays: Desire Under The Elms / Strange Interlude / Mourning Becomes Electra

Three Plays:  Desire Under The Elms / Strange Interlude / Mourning Becomes Electra, by Eugene O’Neill At least one of these plays is good, because it redeems this lengthy (more than 400 page) collection of drama by a lamentably overrated … Continue reading

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Book Review: Three Plays: Anna Christie / The Emperor Jones / The Hairy Ape

Three Plays:  Anna Christie / The Emperor Jones / The Hairy Ape, by Eugene O’Neill Eugene O’Neill is widely considered to be among the best playwrights ever in the United States concerning drama, having one four Pulitzer prizes for his … Continue reading

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Book Review: Stories And Prose Poems

Stories And Prose Poems, by Alexander Solzhenitsyn One of the qualities of Solzhenitsyn’s writings is that once you read a little bit of his work, which is true of me (reviews forthcoming) one wants to read more of it.  And … Continue reading

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Book Review: One Day In The Life Of Ivan Denisovich

One Day In The Life Of Ivan Denisovich, by Alexander Solzhenitsyn It is said that when this novel was published that it was a shock and a surprise, not least because it was published (in a redacted form) with the … Continue reading

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Book Review: Plutarch’s Lives

Plutarch’s Lives of Themistocles, Pericles, Aristides, Alcibiades and Coriolanus, Demosthenes and Cicero, Caesar and Antony, edited by Charles W. Eliot A friend of mine purchased this book and sent it to me, and I have to admit I was pleased … Continue reading

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Book Review: The Iceman Cometh

The Iceman Cometh, by Eugene O’Neill I have mixed feelings about this play.  On the one hand, it tells a very compelling story of the way in which alcoholism (and other addictions) helps people preserve the illusions that keep them … Continue reading

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Book Review: A Moon For The Misbegotten

A Moon For The Misbegotten, by Eugene O’Neill Although this is not the author’s best-known play, and although it has a lot of very cringeworthy elements (more about this anon), there is a lot about this play to appreciate.  Without … Continue reading

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Book Review: The Goat, Or, Who Is Sylvia?

The Goat, Or, Who Is Sylvia, by Edward Albee This play won the Tony Award for best play in 2002 and the author views it as notes towards a definition of tragedy.  I want you to keep that in mind, … Continue reading

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Book Review: Play It Again, Sam

Play It Again, Sam:  A Romantic Comedy In Three Acts, by Woody Allen It is easy to see how Woody Allen views himself (and other nebbish and guilty people like him) from this play.  I happened to randomly find this … Continue reading

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Book Review: Winterset

Winterset, by Maxwell Anderson It’s not too surprising that this play won awards when it was written and first performed, as this play appears to be precisely the sort of play that was and remains award bait as a drama.  … Continue reading

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