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Editor: Frederick Wilkins
Suffolk University, Boston

Vol. IX, No. 2
Summer-Fall, 1985



1. MLA '85. The date and time have been announced for the special session on Eugene O'Neill at the Modern Language Association convention in Chicago next December. The session, on "Eugene O'Neill's Forebears and Contemporaries: Studies in Relation and Influence," chaired by Paul Voelker with papers by Brenda C. Murphy, Linda Ben-Zvi and Stephen Watt, will take place in Field, WT, of the Chicago Hyatt Regency from 10:15-11:30 a.m. on Friday, December 28. Paper titles were reported in the Spring 1985 issue (p. 51). The session will be listed as item 137 in the MLA convention program.

2. ELECTIONS AT ANNUAL MEETING. The 1985 Annual Meeting of the Society will also take place during the MLA convention in Chicago, at a time and place to be announced in the next issue and in a special fall mailing to the membership by Society Secretary Jordan Miller. One of the activities at this year's meeting will be the election of two officers and five Board members. The terms of President Albert Wertheim and Vice President Frederick C. Wilkins expire at the end of the year, as do those of Board members Perry Miller Adato, Travis Bogard, Eugene Hanson, Adele Heller and Esther Jackson. Nothing in the By-Laws prevents Directors from re-election: Board members may serve for as many consecutive four-year terms as they and the membership wish. But the two officers are completing their second two-year terms, and the By-Laws stipulate (Section V.4) that the maximum number of consecutive terms for President and Vice President is two. Members wishing to serve as officers or Board members, or to nominate someone else for one of the positions, should inform President Wertheim before October 1. Letters can reach him at the Department of English, Indiana University, Bloomington, IN 47401.

3. TAO HOUSE INVITE. The Eugene O'Neill National Historic Site in Danville, CA, best known to O'Neillians as Tao House, has become an institutional member of the Eugene O'Neill Society. Site Superintendent Phyllis P. Shaw has issued a blanket invitation to all Society members to visit Tao House: "we would love to give them a tour of the site," she writes. All who have visited in the past know what a moving experience it is; and recent renovations, bringing the house ever closer to how it was during the O'Neills' occupancy, will make a visit even more meaningful than in the past. Members who are unaware that they can, for a slightly higher fee, become members of the Eugene O'Neill Foundation, Tao House as well, should write to Society Secretary Jordan Miller for details. (Department of English, University of Rhode Island, Kingston, RI 02881.)



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