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8 - O'Neill on screen

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  28 May 2006

Michael Manheim
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University of Toledo, Ohio
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Life then was simply a series of episodes flickering across my soul like the animated drawings one sees in the movies, and I could not then see how the continuity of my own seeking flight ran through them as a sustained pattern.

O'Neill on his days as a sailor (letter to Carlotta Monterey, 1917)

If Eugene O'Neill here employs a cinematic image to recall his experiences as a young man at sea, directors and writers have sought for more than six decades - with varying degrees of success - to illuminate his drama in adaptations for the screen. Even when his reputation was at its lowest ebb in the decade between the premiere of The Iceman Cometh in 1946 and its triumphant 1956 revival, O'Neill's plays continued to appear with regularity in versions for film and television. The legacy of O'Neill on the screen has become essential to understanding the sustained patterns of his art and how it corresponds to more general patterns within American culture.

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Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Print publication year: 1998

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  • O'Neill on screen
  • Edited by Michael Manheim, University of Toledo, Ohio
  • Book: The Cambridge Companion to Eugene O'Neill
  • Online publication: 28 May 2006
  • Chapter DOI: https://doi.org/10.1017/CCOL052155389X.009
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  • O'Neill on screen
  • Edited by Michael Manheim, University of Toledo, Ohio
  • Book: The Cambridge Companion to Eugene O'Neill
  • Online publication: 28 May 2006
  • Chapter DOI: https://doi.org/10.1017/CCOL052155389X.009
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  • O'Neill on screen
  • Edited by Michael Manheim, University of Toledo, Ohio
  • Book: The Cambridge Companion to Eugene O'Neill
  • Online publication: 28 May 2006
  • Chapter DOI: https://doi.org/10.1017/CCOL052155389X.009
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