Lot #575
Eugene O'Neill Typed Letter Signed

O'Neill on 'Mourning Becomes Electra': "The last news of that play in Europe was that it had been done at the Burg Theatre in Vienna just before the Nazis arrived"
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Estimate: $400+

Description

O'Neill on 'Mourning Becomes Electra': "The last news of that play in Europe was that it had been done at the Burg Theatre in Vienna just before the Nazis arrived"

TLS, one page, 8.5 x 11, Tao House letterhead, May 30, 1938. Letter to Otto Koischwitz, in part: "No, I had not heard that a production of 'Mourning Becomes Electra' was being considered in Switzerland. The last news of that play in Europe was that it had been done at the Burg Theatre in Vienna just before the Nazis arrived. It did not have much chance for serious consideration, I imagine, with all the excitement in the air. Thank you for your good wishes for my Cycle of plays. Because of illness in the past two years I am behind schedule with them, but I am working hard now and making good progress. The report that they are historical plays is not true. The history is incidental. The Cycle will really be a psychological and spiritual drama of the life of a family through a period of over a century, each play being a complete drama in itself but at the same time an indispensable part of a greater drama, the Cycle as a whole." In fine condition, with light creasing to the left edge.

Auction Info

  • Auction Title: Fine Autograph and Artifacts, Ft. Sports
  • Dates: #614 - Ended August 11, 2021





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