O'NEILL, Eugene. The Plays of Eugene O'Neill. New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, [1934-1935].
Wilderness Edition. Limited to 770 numbered sets (this set being No. 411), signed by the author. Twelve octavo volumes (9 3/8 x 6 3/16 inches; 239 x 159 mm.). Photogravure frontispieces (portraits and scenes from the plays). Decorative title-pages printed in blue and black. Decorative head-pieces. Designed by Elmer Adler and printed on specially watermarked paper. Original russet buckram with front covers decoratively stamped in gilt and spines decoratively stamped and lettered in gilt. Top edge gilt, others uncut. A fine set.
Eugene O'Neill (1888-1953), "one of the greatest American playwrights and winner of the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1936…His first full-length play, Beyond the Horizon, was produced on Broadway in 1920. O'Neill's capacity for and commitment to work were staggering. Between 1920 and 1943 he completed 20 long plays and a number of short ones…Among his most celebrated long plays are…Desire under the Elms (1925) and Mourning Becomes Electra (1931)…which evoked the starkness and inevitability of Greek tragedy that he felt in his own life…Following a long succession of tragic visions, O'Neill's only comedy, the lighthearted and nostalgic Ah, Wilderness! (1933), appeared on Broadway. The Iceman Cometh (1946), the most complex and perhaps the finest of the O'Neill tragedies, followed…The posthumous production of Long Day's Journey into Night in 1956 brought to light an agonizingly autobiographical play, one of O'Neill's greatest" (Merriam-Webster's Encyclopedia of Literature).
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