Mourning Becomes Electra (Jonathan Cape paperback)

Mourning Becomes Electra (Jonathan Cape paperback)

by EugeneO'Neill (Author)


Set in New England just after the end of the Civil War, Mourning Becomes Electra is O'Neill's three part reworking of themes from Greek tragedy. This adaptation of Aeschylus' Oresteia by one of America's greatest playwrights is a landmark in the history of theatre.


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Format: Paperback
Pages: 288
Edition: New impression
Publisher: Jonathan Cape
Published: 01 Jan 1966

ISBN 10: 0224610716
ISBN 13: 9780224610711
Book Overview: 'Eugene O'Neill's wildly Freudian, wildly personal epic is rich with the excess only genius is rich enough to produce' - Washington Post

Media Reviews
Historically important... Theater of great scope and grand design * New York Times *
The full range of the human and the divine is called into play * Independent *
There is a manifest integrity about his work, a ruthless self-exposure, and a determination to venture into territory where few dramatists dare to tread * Daily Telegraph *
In this take on Aeschylus' The Oresteia, O'Neill substitutes the New England House of Mannon for the House of Atreus and concocts a typically over-the-top cocktail of sex, envy, adultery, matricide and inescapable guilt * Chicago Tribune *
Author Bio
Eugene O'Neill was born in New York City in 1888 and died in Boston in 1953. One of America's greatest playwrights, he was three times awarded the Pulitzer Prize for Drama and won the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1936.