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Editor: Frederick Wilkins
Suffolk University, Boston

Vol. XI, No. 2
Summer-Fall, 1987


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THE EUGENE O'NEILL SOCIETY SECTION: MLA '87 and '88

Four events are planned to regale O'Neillians during the 1987 Convention of the Modern Language Association just after Christmas. Three of them are listed as part of the official MLA proceedings:

  • "Eugene O'Neill and the Orient," a program arranged by the Society and directed by Jordan Y. Miller, Secretary-Treasurer. Four papers are scheduled:

"O'Neill's Orientalism: A Backward Glance," by Frederic I. Carpenter, Univ. of California, Berkeley, Emeritus;

"O'Neill's Indian Elms," by James A. Robinson, Univ. of Maryland; and

"Authentic Tidings of Invisible Things: Beyond James Robinson's O'Neill and Oriental Thought," by Frank R. Cunningham, Univ. of South Dakota.

TIME: Noon - 1:15 p.m., Tuesday, December 29.
PLACE: Tamalpais, San Francisco Hilton.

  • Closed Meeting of the Society's Board of Directors.
    TIME: 5:15-6:30 p.m., Tuesday, December 29.
    PLACE: Whitney, San Francisco Hilton.

  • Annual Business Meeting of the Society.
    TIME: 7:15-8:30 p.m., Tuesday, December 29.
    PLACE: Toyon, San Francisco Hilton.

The fourth event, about which details will be sent to members by Secretary Miller in November, will be a bus trip to nearby Tao House, coordinated by the National Park Service and the Eugene O'Neill Foundation, Tao House, featuring a box lunch and a tour of the newly renovated house and its striking environs. No agenda is planned, but all who joined in the Society's previous visit will attest to the value of such a pilgrimage. The Society will foot the bill for the trip to and from the house, but members are asked to pay for their own lunches. (The cost will be announced in the aforementioned November mailing from the Secretary.)

The business meeting on the 29th will include initial voting on several proposed amendments to the by-laws, and elections for all positions (Board and officers) that expire at the end of 1987. While most incumbents are eligible to run again, additional nominations can be made from the floor. Members seeking the glory of office should inform Board Chairman Michael Hinden of their interest. (Department of English, University of Wisconsin, Madison, WI 53706.)

The 1988 annual meeting will be held, in conjunction with that year's MLA Convention, in New Orleans just after Christmas. Frederick C. Wilkins will chair the paper session, whose umbrella title is currently "Centennial Essays on Eugene O'Neill." Wilkins welcomes suggestions, both for essays and for a less leaky umbrella! (Department of English, Suffolk University, Boston, MA 02114.)

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