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Editor: Frederick Wilkins
Suffolk University, Boston

Vol. III, No. 1
May, 1979



PATRICK BOWLES, of the Department of English at Marquette University in Milwaukee, is currently at the Fondation des États-Unis, Cité Universitaire de Paris, where he is working on a book entitled Jesus, or the Death of Discourse: The Crucifixion as Ultimate Textual Deconstruction. His essay, "Another Biblical Parallel  in Desire Under the Elms," appeared in the January 1979 issue of the Newsletter (pp. 10-12).

FRANK R. CUNNINGHAM, Associate Professor of English at the University of South Dakota, is preparing books on film director Sidney Lumet and on O'Neill and the Romantic tradition. His reports on two MLA sessions on O'Neill appeared in the September 1977 and January 1979 issues of the Newsletter. Other periodicals in which his work has appeared are listed on page 31 of the latter issue.

HALINA FILIPOWICZ-FINDLAY, of the Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures at the University of Kansas, is the author of Eugene O'Neill (Warsaw: Wiedza Powszecha, 1975), the only book-length study of the playwright in Polish; and of several essays on the contemporary Polish poet and playwright, Tadeusz Rózewicz.

WINIFRED FRAZER, a regular contributor to the Newsletter's pages, is Professor of English at the University of Florida. She directed an O'Neill seminar at the 1975 MLA Convention in San Francisco and is the author of Love As Death in "The Iceman Cometh": A Modern Treatment, of an Ancient Theme (1967) and essays on Anna Christie, The Iceman Cometh and other plays of O'Neill.

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Actually two "words"--one a request for submissions, pictoral as well as verbal; the other an advance notice of a forthcoming increase in the Newsletter's subscription price.

Having received no photographs or drawings that would reproduce effectively, I must defer the inclusion of more illustrations until the next issue, by which time I hope readers will have submitted more material from which to choose. I also beseech readers to contribute short pieces as well as essays--notes, queries, responses, reports of productions and publications and work in progress, and memorable bon mots for the new "Sallies and Ripostes" section that began in the present issue. I hope that teachers will respond to a request that I voiced earlier herein and share with other educators their experiences, good and bad, in teaching specific plays by O'Neill. And I urge theatre professionals to describe their experiences in mounting O'Neill productions--a service that will be of value to their colleagues and to academics as well. O'Neill's admirers are legion, and the Newsletter is dedicated to serving as their vehicle of expression and communication. Without them, it would indeed be a "diminished thing." I offer this as a word--not to the wise, for surely wisdom is an attribute of all O'Neillians--but to the willing.

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