The Iceman Cometh

The Iceman Cometh

by Eugene O'Neill

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Overview


"We live and die, in the spirit, in solitude, and the true strength of Iceman is its intense dramatic exemplification of that somber reality. . . . Life, in Iceman, is what it is in Schopenhauer: illusion."—from the foreword by Harold Bloom

The Iceman Cometh focuses on a group of alcoholics and misfits who endlessly discuss but never act on their dreams, and Hickey, the traveling salesman determined to strip them of their pipe dreams. Eugene O'Neill—the first American playwright to win the Nobel Prize in literature—completed Iceman in 1939, but he delayed production until after the war, when it enjoyed a long run of performances in 1946 after receiving mixed reviews. Three years after O'Neill's death, Jason Robards starred in a Broadway revival that brought new critical attention to O’Neill’s darkest and most nihilistic play. Since then, The Iceman Cometh has gained enormously in stature; many critics now recognize it as one of the greatest plays in American drama. 

 

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780375709173
Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Publication date: 12/28/1999
Series: Vintage International Series
Edition description: VINTAGE
Pages: 208
Sales rank: 480,282
Product dimensions: 5.18(w) x 7.99(h) x 0.46(d)

About the Author


Eugene O’Neill (1888-1953), the father of American drama, won the Pulitzer Prize for Drama four times and was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1936. Harold Bloom, Sterling Professor of the Humanities at Yale University and Berg Professor of English at New York University, is the author of many books, including The Western Canon, Shakespeare: The Invention of the Human, and Jesus and Yahweh: The Names Divine.

Table of Contents

The Iceman Cometh 1

Notes and Glossary 221

Characters 242

An O'Neill Chronology 260

Historical and Critical Perspectives 263

The Play in Production 292

Annotated Bibliography 311

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