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Editor: Frederick Wilkins
Suffolk University, Boston

Vol. I, No. 1
May, 1977



Spatial restrictions prevent me from commenting, in synthesizing summary, on the contents of this issue. They even keep me from offering more than cursory gratitude to those who have had sufficient early faith in this venture to contribute to it so quickly and so valuably, both as subscribers and as correspondents. The Eugene O’Neill Newsletter can be what it is designed to be--a vehicle for the sharing of information, both practical and theoretical, both academic and theatrical, by all who have an interest in the life and works of O’Neill--only if many individuals submit the news and insights that it is the Newsletter’s raison d’etre to convey. So I offer sincere thanks to those who have already written, and pen a few guidelines for others who may be wondering what kinds of material are sought.

1. Letters of response to items in previous issues. While it is not the Newsletter’s specific role to stir up controversy, the airing of conflicting opinions cannot but be healthful. If you take issue with what is said herein, for instance, respond. Offer amplification, refutation--whatever! Professor Sarlos’ letter is a lively example of such a response, as is Professor Carpenter’s essay. The editor welcomes more, and asks correspondents to indicate whether their words are or are not for publication.

2. Brief essays on biographical, textual, contextual, interpretational and theatrical subjects. The list could easily be expanded. The only restriction is length: try to limit all submissions to 750 words or less. The editor will bend the rule when it is necessary, but it is not feasible to overbend if the subscription fee is to remain modest.

3. Notes of interest. This is the largest area, and the most difficult to describe summarily, but here are a few of the many possibilities. If you know of or are involved in the production of an O’Neill play, let the editor know about it as far in advance as possible, so nearby aficionados can be alerted. If you have attended a production, share with others the insights that it provided, whether your response be positive or negative. If an essay of yours is being published in another journal, or if you are completing a dissertation on O’Neill, send details and an abstract (approx. 250 words) to the Newsletter. Additional suggestions appeared on the first page of the Preview Issue.

It is a delight to see that the Newsletter is now off and running. It is your help--as correspondents and as seekers-out of new subscribers (e.g., does your library subscribe?)--that will keep it jogging smoothly!


  • Micheal O hAodha on O’Neill and the Irish.

  • George H. Quinby on O’Neill in Iran.

  • Esther M. Jackson on O’Neill the Humanist.

  • Frank R. Cunningham on an MLA Convention seminar.

  • News, reviews, and letters -- which all are invited to submit.



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