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A wind is rising : the correspondence of Agnes Boulton and Eugene O'Neill
Boulton, Agnes, 1893-1968.
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Madison, N.J. : Fairleigh Dickinson University Press ; London ; Cranberry, NJ : Associated University Presses, [2000]

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328 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
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This volume offers for the first time the complete correspondence of a famous literary marriage. These letters trace the tempestuous decade of their marriage, while also reflecting the playwright's struggles with the Provincetown Players, Broadway producers, and his own personal demons. Illustrated.

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Writing often from New York City and Spithead, Massachusetts, respectively, O'Neill and Boulton corresponded about their illnesses, friends, colleagues, the weather. Boulton, particularly, writes to O'Neill about their son Shane and daughter Oona; O'Neill writes of his tribulations getting his plays Chris Christopherson (later to become Anna Christie) and Beyond the Horizon produced. King (dramatic arts, Univ. of California, Santa Barbara) wants to restore the reputation of Boulton, who published at least 45 stories, sketches, and novelettes ("popular fiction") and helped mightily to support the couple at the beginning of their marriage, arranged for their accommodations, and raised and stayed close to the children (unlike O'Neill, who complained about the bills she was running up). Boulton saw their marriage as a "compensatory balance of two very different 'real' selves." The early letters read like those of many couples in love, and when he was seeing Carlotta Monterey, O'Neil wrote to Boulton, "One hair of your head is more to me than the whole body and soul, liver and lights, of any other woman!" Finally, in December 1927, he wrote, "I love someone else. Most deeply." The excellent introductions to each section and the footnotes put these letters in perspective. Recommended for all academic and general libraries supporting US literature and theater. J. Overmyer; Ohio State University