SIGNED LIMITED FIRST EDITION OF O’NEILL’S “MOST SUCCESSFUL WORK”: MOURNING BECOMES ELECTRA
O'NEILL, Eugene. Mourning Becomes Electra. New York: Horace Liveright, (1931). Tall octavo, original full Japan vellum gilt, black morocco spine label, uncut. Housed in a custom slipcase. $1650.
Signed limited first edition, number 180 of only 550 copies signed by O’Neill, with eight facsimile leaves of O’Neill’s notes on the play in a special pocket at the rear of the book.
"Mourning Becomes Electra is in many respects O'Neill's most successful work. It transposes the events of Aeschylus' Oresteia to a Puritanical family in New England, replacing the old acceptance of fate with a modern doctrine of psychological causation" (Hartnoll, 612). The trilogy "probably led to the award of the Nobel Prize in 1936, and on which his reputation largely rested until a decade and more after his death" (Black, 372). Published simultaneously with the trade edition. Without scarce original slipcase. Atkinson A32-I-I.b.
Interior fine, lightest soiling to vellum. A scarce about-fine signed copy.