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Editor: Frederick Wilkins
Suffolk University, Boston

Vol. VIII, No. 1
Spring, 1984



STEVEN F. BLOOM, assistant director of the O'Neill conference at Suffolk University last March, is Assistant Professor of English at Emmanuel College. He spoke on "Drinking and Drunkenness in The Iceman Cometh" at the 1984 NEMLA Convention in Philadelphia on March 29; and his essay, "Empty Bottles, Empty Dreams: O'Neill's Use of Drinking and Alcoholism in Long Day's Journey," is included in the forthcoming G. K. Hall volume, Critical Essays on Eugene O'Neill.

MARSHALL BROOKS, associate editor of the Newsletter, is a publisher (of Arts End Books), editor (of Nostoc, a literary magazine), and artist, who created the striking poster for the March 1984 conference on "Eugene O'Neill--the Early Years," a limited edition of which (numbered and signed by its creator) is available at a special price of $5.00 per copy to readers of the Newsletter. Mr. Brooks' illustrated essay on "O'Neill's Boston," which warmed the hearts and tired the feet of March conferenceggoers, will be reprinted in the next issue.

BERT CARDULLO is a dramaturg at the Yale Repertory Theatre and teaches film at Yale College. He has published on film in Literature/Film Quarterly, New Orleans Review, Film Criticism and Post Script; on drama in Massachusetts Studies in English, Tennessee Williams: A Tribute (Festschrift), Notes on Contemporary Literature and The Explicator.

ALBERT KALSON is Associate Professor of English at Purdue University, where he teaches drama and film. He is co-author of J. B. Priestley (Twayne), and has published articles on Tennessee Williams, David Storey and Alan Ayckbourn in various journals.

MICHAEL MANHEIM, Professor of English at the University of Toledo, is the author of Eugene O'Neill's New Language of Kinship (Syracuse U. Press), and of an essay on The Iceman Cometh in the forthcoming G. K. Hall volume, Critical Essays on Eugene O'Neill. The title of his paper at the March 1984 conference at Suffolk University is listed elsewhere in this issue. Professor Manheim was also a speaker at the 1983 MLA Convention's special session on Eugene O'Neill.

DANA S. McDERMOTT, regularly an Assistant Professor of Theatre at the University of California, Riverside, spent academic year 1983-84 as a Special Research Fellow at the Yale School of Drama. Her "Creativity in the Theatre: Robert Edmond Jones and C. G. Jung" appeared in the March 1984 issue of Theatre Journal (pp. 213-230); and last November she delivered a paper, "Spectacle Drawn from Mythology and the Unconscious: Robert Edmond Jones' Design for Stravinsky's Oedipus Rex," at the annual meeting of the American Society for Theatre Research in New York.

LOUIS SHEAFFER is the author of the two-volume biography, O'Neill: Son and Playwright (1968), which won the George Freedley Award of the Theater Library Association as the best theater book of its year, and O'Neill: Son and Artist, winner of the 1974 Pulitzer Prize for biography. He is presently at work on a critical study of publications about O'Neill. His essay that spans the last issue (pp. 13-25) and this one is reprinted with the permission of the author and the editors of Comparative Drama, in which it first appeared (Fall 1983, pp. 201-232).

PAUL D. VOELKER is Associate Professor of English and Drama at the University of Wisconsin Center-Richland. Director of the U.S. premiere of O'Neill's Servitude, and resident humanist and O'Neill consultant to the Milwaukee Rep in 1977, Professor Voelker is a regular speaker at MLA and ATA conventions, and has published essays on O'Neill in Studies in Bibliography and American Literature in addition to his frequent appearances in the Newsletter.

FREDERICK C. WILKINS, Chairman and Professor of English at Suffolk University, is editor of the Eugene O'Neill Newsletter and vice president of the Eugene O'Neill Society. Buoyed by affirmative reactions to the March 1984 O'Neill conference at Suffolk, which he organized, he hurls his hubristic hat into the ring again in this issue, announcing (on p. 2) a follow-up conference on O'Neill's later years, to be held at the same site in the late spring of 1986.



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