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Editor: Frederick Wilkins
Suffolk University, Boston

Vol. III, No. 3
January, 1980



NORMAND BERLIN, Professor of English at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, and recipient of the University's Distinguished Teacher Award, teaches Shakespeare, Elizabethan-Jacobean drama, modern drama, and O'Neill. He has published two books—The Base String: The Underworld in Elizabethan Drama and Thomas Sackville—and about two dozen articles ranging from medieval literature to modern drama and film. He is seeking a publisher for a third book, The Secret Cause: A Discussion of Tragedy (which contains a section on Desire Under the Elms) and is working on a book on O'Neill for the "Modern Dramatists" series published by Macmillans of London.

BILL COSTLEY, poet and journalist, has had work appear in numerous publications across the country. Most recently, his poetry appeared in "Lynn Voices"—a collaborative collection of poems and pictures about Lynn, Massachusetts—in Radical America magazine. Mr. Costley grew up in Lynn—a former shoe manufacturing center—and now lives in the Boston area.

MICHAEL HINDEN, Associate Professor of English at the University of Wisconsin—Madison, teaches modern drama and has published a variety of essays on O'Neill. The current essay on The Emperor Jones marks Professor Hinden's third straight January appearance in the Newsletter—an anniversary that the editor celebrates with praise! The previous essays were "Ironic Use of Myth in The Hairy Ape" (January 1978, pp. 2-4) and "'Splendid Twaddle': O'Neill and Richard Middleton" (January 1979, pp. 13-16).

JOSEPH JURICH teaches English at Boston State College, where he has developed a course on "Mark Twain and the Realists." He has published reviews in CCC, bibliographical entries in the Annual Bibliography on the College Teaching of English (NCTE), and an article, with Herbert Bergman, "The Study of Life: Walt Whitman on Education," in University College Quarterly (Michigan State University). Having finished a study of "The Persisting Heresies of Mark Twain," he vows to complete soon an introductory poetry text.

JAMES A. ROBINSON, Assistant Professor of English at the University of Maryland, has published articles on Edith Wharton and Nelson Algren. His "Christianity and All God's Chillun Got Wings" appeared in the May 1978 issue of the Newsletter (pp. 1-3). He is presently finishing the rough draft of a book tentatively entitled "Eugene O'Neill and Oriental Thought," a project that was described on page 23 of the January 1978 issue of the Newsletter.

MICHAEL E. RUTENBERG, Professor of Theater at Hunter College of the City University of New York, has been a participating director at the Actors' Studio, a member of the Society of Stage Directors and Choreographers, and artistic director at various summer stock theatres. He is the author of Edward Albee: Playwright in Protest (1970), and is currently at work on a critical analysis of the plays of Sam Shepard.

PAUL D. VOELKER, Associate Professor of Drama at the University of Wisconsin Center in Marshfield, served as literary consultant to the Milwaukee Repertory Theatre's 1977-78 productions of Ah, Wilderness! and Long Day's Journey Into Night. His previous Newsletter contributions include "O'Neill and George Pierce Baker" (September 1977, pp. 4-6), a review of A Moon for the Misbegotten (January 1978, pp. 15-17), and an abstract of his essay, "Eugene O'Neill's Aesthetic of the Drama" (September 1978, pp. 14-15).

BERNARD J. VYZGA, Assistant Professor of Drama and Resident Scene Designer at the Hopkins Center, Dartmouth College, was scenic artist for the 1977 PBS production of A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court. In the same year, he was represented in the "Scene and Costume Design" exhibit at the Forbes Street Gallery in Pittsburgh, where he was also the scenic artist for the 1978 Pittsburgh Opera production of Aida. He has designed sets for numerous regional theatres including Mountain Playhouse in Jennerstown, PA, and Stage/ West in West Springfield, MA.



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