American Dream: Play in Three Acts

By: O'Neil, George

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[solid copy, mild dust-darkening to top edge but otherwise nice and clean; jacket is somewhat soiled, about 3/8" paper loss at top of spine, extending slightly onto front panel but not affecting illustration, also some minor paper loss at bottom of spine]. The first Broadway play by this St. Louis-born playwright and poet, this was a trilogy of one-act plays about three generations of an American family, the Pingrees, with episodes set in 1650, 1849 and 1933. Brooks Atkinson, the New York Times critic, was most impressed by the modern segment: "Never has the emptiness of these times been told with quite so much malicious humor as Mr. O'Neil concocts in the personages and the fatuous dialogue of this whirligig scene." Staged by the Theatre Guild, the play ran for just 39 performances, and O'Neil made only one more foray on Broadway, "Mother Lode," which fared even worse when it opened -- and closed -- in December 1934. By then, though, the playwright had already discovered the Hollywood screenwriting mother lode and had permanently relocated in the West. He had a pretty decent success there (among his credits were MAGNIFICENT OBSESSION and INTERMEZZO), but not exactly a long and happy life: he died of a cerebral hemorrhage in 1940, at the age of 42.

Title: American Dream: Play in Three Acts

Author: O'Neil, George

Illustrator: Illustrated by (dj) D. Sherwood

Categories: Theatre and Plays,

Edition: First Edition

Publisher: New York, Samuel French: 1933

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition: Very Good+ in Very Good dj

Seller ID: 5979

Keywords: Thirties