By William Davies King
---Stephen Wilmer, Trinity university, Dublin
Biographers of yankee playwright Eugene O'Neill were quickly to label his marriage to actress Carlotta Monterey because the defining dating of his illustrious profession. yet in doing so, they omit the girl whom Monterey replaced---Agnes Boulton, O'Neill's spouse of over a decade and mom to 2 of his kids. O'Neill and Boulton have been wed in 1918---a time while she used to be a profitable pulp novelist and he used to be nonetheless a little-known author of one-act performs. throughout the decade in their marriage, he won popularity as a Broadway dramatist who rejected advertisement compromise, whereas she mapped that contentious territory often called the literary marriage. His writing mirrored her, and hers mirrored him, as they attempted to gain innovative rules approximately what a wedding may be. yet after O'Neill left the wedding, he and new love Carlotta Monterey labored diligently to place Boulton out of sight and mind---and such a lot O'Neill biographers were speedy to stick with suit.
William Davies King has introduced Agnes Boulton to mild back, delivering new views on America's most well known dramatist, the dynamics of a literary marriage, and the tale of a lady suffering to outline herself within the early 20th century. King indicates how the configuration of O'Neill and Boulton's marriage is helping release lots of O'Neill's performs. Drawing on greater than sixty of Boulton's released and unpublished writings, together with her 1958 memoir, Part of a protracted Story, and an in depth correspondence, King rescues Boulton from literary oblivion whereas delivering the main radical revisionary studying of the paintings of Eugene O'Neill in a generation.
William Davies King is Professor of Theater on the college of California, Santa Barbara, and writer of numerous books, such a lot lately Collections of Nothing, selected by means of Amazon.com as the most effective Books of 2008.
Illustration: Eugene O'Neill, Shane O'Neill, and Agnes Boulton ca. 1923. Eugene O'Neill assortment, Beinecke infrequent booklet and Manuscript Library, Yale University.
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Another Part of a Long Story: Literary Traces of Eugene O'Neill and Agnes Boulton by William Davies King