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Eugene O’Neill’s autobiographical play Long Day’s Journey into Night is regarded as his masterpiece and a classic of American drama. With this new edition, at last it has the critical edition that it deserves. William Davies King provides students and theater artists with an invaluable guide to the text, including an essay on historical and critical perspectives; glosses of literary allusions and quotations; notes on the performance history; an annotated bibliography; and illustrations.
"This is a worthy new edition, one that I'm sure will appeal to many students and teachers. William Davies King provides a thoughtful introduction to Long Day's Journey into Night—equally sensitive to the most particular and most encompassing of the play's materials."—Marc Robinson
About the Author
Eugene O’Neill (1888–1953) won the Pulitzer Prize for Drama four times and was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1936. William Davies King is professor of theater at the University of California at Santa Barbara and is the editor of The Eugene O’Neill Review. Acclaimed as one of the greatest actresses of her generation, Jessica Lange is a two-time Academy Award winner and has dazzled the screen with over thirty credits to her name. She earned an Olivier Award nomination for her performance as Mary Tyrone in a West End production of Long Day’s Journey Into Night in 2000.
"With its meticulous attention to detail and fresh examination of O’Neill’s masterwork, William Davies King’s new critical edition of Long Day’s Journey Into Night is an essential resource for theater artists and scholars alike."— Robert Falls, Artistic Director, Goodman Theatre
"William Davies King’s critical edition is a welcome contribution to the study of a seminal American dramatist."—Donald Margulies
"William Davies King has provided literary analyses, historical background, elucidations of passages in the text, and an annotated bibliography of reference sources, all of which will be invaluable for those studying, teaching, or performing O'Neill's masterpiece."—Jackson R. Bryer, co-editor, The Selected Letters of Eugene O'Neill
"This is a worthy new edition, one that I'm sure will appeal to many students and teachers. William Davies King provides a thoughtful introduction to Long Day's Journey Into Night—equally sensitive to the most particular and most encompassing of the play's materials."—Marc Robinson, author of The American Play 1787-2000
"Long Day’s Journey is O’Neill’s last, most realized play, a grand act of mercy upon his family and his own life.”—Arthur Miller