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Editor: Frederick Wilkins
Suffolk University, Boston

Vol. VI, No. 1
Spring, 1982



MARSHALL BROOKS, essayist and printer, is the editor of Nostoc and associate editor of the Eugene O'Neill Newsletter, whose pages are enhanced by his art and layout direction.

THOMAS F. CONNOLLY, an English major at Suffolk University, is spending the present semester in work on the Eugene O'Neill Newsletter as part of the career-related internship program sponsored by the Department of English.

PETER EGRI, Professor and Chairman of the Department of English at L. Etvs University in Budapest, is spending the current academic year in research in Leeds, England. His book, Chekhov and O'Neill: The Uses of the Short. Story in Chekhov's and O'Neill's Plays, will soon be published. A review will appear in the Newsletter soon thereafter.

EUGENE K. HANSON, a charter member of the Eugene O'Neill Society, teaches drama at the College of the Desert. He is a member of the Society's Board of Directors, and is organizing the special session on "O'Neill and Film" for the 1982 MLA Convention in Los Angeles next December.

VERA JIJI, who teaches drama at Brooklyn College, is a member of the Board of Directors of the Eugene O'Neill Society, and organized and directed the special session on O'Neill at the 1981 MLA Convention in New York City. (See report in this issue.) She also earned the gratitude of Society members by arranging for the 1981 annual meeting to be held at the Museum of Broadcasting.

MICHAEL MANHEIM is Professor and Chairman of the Department of English at the University of Toledo. He read the paper that appears in this issue at an MLA Convention special session on "Chekhov and Twentieth-Century Drama Outside Russia" in New York City last December. Professor Manheim's book, O'Neill's New Language of Kinship, will soon be published by the Syracuse University Press.

SUSAN TUCK is co-editor with Horst Frenz of Eugene O'Neill's Critics: Voices from Abroad, which is due for imminent release by the Southern Illinois University Press. Her many O'Neill-related studies are listed in the winter 1981 issue, p. 40.

DAVID WHEELER, sculptor, playwright and actor (the last a reluctant career that will end when other performers adopt his one-character plays), began his evolving artistic career in his home town of St. Albans, VT, where, in the absence of other artistic sources, he copied comic books (Little Lulu, Popeye, et al.). While pursuing a B.F.A. in art education at Pratt Institute (he eventually caught it), he moved to abstract painting; and he moved yet again, to "plastic sculptures ... as narrative in nature," as an M.F.A. candidate at Tufts University. While a fellow of the Fine Arts Works Center in Provincetown (1975-1977), he began work in performance art, from which have come a series of monodramas: "An Evening with Benvenuto Cellini" and "Crabbing with Paul Gauguin" (1979), "Nadia" and "The Raft of the Medusa" (1980), and the O'Neill play (1981), which is first published in this issue. More recently, in New Orleans, where "Here Before You...Eugene O'Neill" will be performed as part of the Spring 1982 season at the Theatre Marigny, he completed work on a new play, about John James Audubon. Groups interested in hiring Mr. Wheeler to perform the O'Neill play, or any of the others, may reach him c/o Biohydrant Publications, R.F.D.#3, St. Albans, VT 05478. (Tel. 802-524-6307.)

FREDERICK WILKINS, Professor and Chairman of the Department of English at Suffolk University, is editor of the Eugene O'Neill Newsletter. He hopes to host an international O'Neill conference at Suffolk University in the Spring of 1984--about which more anon. Individuals interested in participating should contact him c/o The Newsletter.



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