"ONE OF O'NEILL'S GREATEST STAGE ACHIEVEMENTS": FIRST EDITION OF EUGENE O’NEILL’S THE ICEMAN COMETH
O'NEILL, Eugene. The Iceman Cometh. New York: Random House, (1946). Octavo, original blue cloth, original dust jacket. $350.
First edition of O’Neill’s powerful tragedy, the last play staged in New York in his lifetime.
Written in 1939 but neither performed nor published until 1946, The Iceman Cometh—which "anticipates many of the themes of the later existentialists and is regarded as one of O'Neill's greatest stage achievements" (Chronology of American Literature)—signaled the end of a 12-year hiatus during which he wrote many plays but allowed none to be staged. It would also be the last play by him presented in New York during his lifetime. "The Iceman Cometh remains by far the most complex and difficult to perform or interpret of O'Neill's later plays, its difficulties enhanced by the very qualities that give it beauty: by its fugal interweaving of (musical and ideational) themes and (vocal and characterological) voices" (Black, 488). Atkinson A35. Hammerman 61.
Book about-fine, price-clipped dust jacket with closed tear to rear panel and light wear and toning to extremities. A near-fine copy.