By William Davies King
---Stephen Wilmer, Trinity university, Dublin
Biographers of yankee playwright Eugene O'Neill were fast to label his marriage to actress Carlotta Monterey because the defining courting of his illustrious occupation. yet in doing so, they omit the lady whom Monterey replaced---Agnes Boulton, O'Neill's spouse of over a decade and mom to 2 of his little ones. O'Neill and Boulton have been wed in 1918---a time whilst she used to be a profitable pulp novelist and he was once nonetheless a little-known author of one-act performs. through the decade in their marriage, he received repute 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 will 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 fast to persist with suit.
William Davies King has introduced Agnes Boulton to mild back, delivering new views on America's ideal dramatist, the dynamics of a literary marriage, and the tale of a girl suffering to outline herself within the early 20th century. King exhibits how the configuration of O'Neill and Boulton's marriage is helping release a lot of O'Neill's performs. Drawing on greater than sixty of Boulton's released and unpublished writings, together with her 1958 memoir, Part of an extended Story, and an intensive correspondence, King rescues Boulton from literary oblivion whereas providing the main radical revisionary interpreting of the paintings of Eugene O'Neill in a generation.
William Davies King is Professor of Theater on the collage of California, Santa Barbara, and writer of a number of books, so much lately Collections of Nothing, selected by way of Amazon.com as the best Books of 2008.
Illustration: Eugene O'Neill, Shane O'Neill, and Agnes Boulton ca. 1923. Eugene O'Neill assortment, Beinecke infrequent publication 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