- The Ghosts of Newspaper Row [THE PARIS REVIEW]
- Diane di Prima, Beat Poet and Activist, Dead at 86 [NPR]
- 40 Black playwrights on the theater industry’s insidious racism [LOS ANGELES TIMES]
- How the Go-Go’s Found Their Beat: An Oral History [VOGUE]
WILLIAM LUCE, ‘BELLE OF AMHERST’ AND ‘BARRYMORE’ PLAYWRIGHT, DIES AT 88 [THE HOLLYWOOD REPORTER]
A local used bookstore recently closed after 25 years. They had a fantastic going-out-of-business sale. While part of me feels “guilty” for taking advantage of their sad circumstances, the rest (and logical) part of me knows that they needed to sell as many books as possible. Through these books, a bit of their entrepreneurial and intellectual spirit will live on. With that idea in mind, I’m doing a limited-run series where I’ll spotlight each of the volumes I “adopted” from this sweet little shop. Shine on, you bookish gems!
Today’s selection? Eugene O’Neill: Beyond Mourning and Tragedy.
- TITLE: EUGENE O’NEILL: BEYOND MOURNING AND TRAGEDY
- AUTHOR: STEPHEN A. BLACK
- YEAR PUBLISHED: 1999
- YALE UNIVERSITY PRESS
WHY I BOUGHT IT:
I collect books about dead writers. And Eugene O’Neill was, well, Eugene O’Neill. ‘Nuff said.
Thanks for reading! I hope you like the new series. Let me know your thoughts in the comments.
Sam Shepard, Esteemed Playwright and Actor, Dies at 73 [THE HOLLYWOOD REPORTER]
Edward Albee, Audacious American Playwright, Dies at 88 [THE HOLLYWOOD REPORTER]
The inimitable George Bernard Shaw was born on 26 July 1856:
“Only on paper has humanity yet achieved glory, beauty, truth, knowledge, virtue, and abiding love.”-George Bernard Shaw
This caricature of George Bernard Shaw is what the world needs…
English actor and playwright (The Second Mrs. Tanqueray, Trelawny of the ‘Wells’, The Enchanted Cottage*) Sir Arthur Wing Pinero was born on 24 May 1855:
*As a teenager, I was straight up obsessed with the 1945 film adaptation of The Enchanted Cottage, starring Robert Young and Dorothy McGuire. It practically gave me life for a few years. This was *totally normal* for a teen in the late eighties/early nineties, right?
Sir James Matthew Barrie was born on 9 May 1860.