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Eugene O'Neill & His Visionary Quest

R.R. Khare (Author)
Synopsis This book is a consistent exploration of the visionary quest for happiness which constitutes O’Neull’s remarkable preoccupation as a tragic dramalist. It begins with a discussion of the nature ofl tragic vision and its raw material-the human condition. The two manifestations of the tragic vision are then discussed in relation of their positive and negative applications. This is illustrated with reference to the earliest plays with desire-its proptings, upsurge, commityment-as the moftif, underlining a final antithesis. This is followed by more complex embodiments of the visionary quest and two of ten most baffling plays of O’Neill-‘The Great God brown’ and ‘Lazarus Laughed’- are used to illustrate this complexity which reveals the Christ like and the Satanic elements of humannature as they emerge in the Quest . Two further limits of human existence which are disclosed by Strange interlude’ and ‘Mourning Becomes Electra’ plausibly shown as stages of this quest. The negative vision is seen to be dominant yet held in balance by the positive vision in the two religious (or anti-religious) plays discussed as its vantage-point. The question of identity (and its loss and repossession) in a grossly materialistic world is then taken up and finally the plays which round off his career (no less spatial and tranquil than Shakespeare’s least plays) are taken up and the conclusion aptly sums up the whole career of O’Neill as one of visionary aspiration and release. The final appearance of identities with Shakespeare was another fruitful line of an exploration of these in greater detail and this very significant and potentially promising inquiry is embodied in an appendix.
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About the author

R.R. Khare

Dr. R.R. Khare (b. 1928) has had a brilliant academic career. He was awarded Ph.d. on The Tragic vision of Eugene O’Neill and D.Litt. on his thesis Tragedies of Shakespeare, eugine O’Neill& T.S. Eliot in Relation to Greek Tradegy. Dr. Khare was for 35 years in M.P. Educational Service. He held the post at Principal of reputed Degree College and P.g. College in Madhya Pradesh for a considerable time. He also served as Head of Post Graduate Department of English for 18 years. He has specialized in Shakespeare and Twentleth century Literature. He also worked on Somerset Maugham, D.H. Lawrance and Graham Greene. He is presently working on a comparative study of Greek, English and Sanskrit Drama.

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Title Eugene O'Neill & His Visionary Quest
Author R.R. Khare
Format Hardcover
Date published: 01.01.1992
Edition Ist ed.
Language: English
isbn 8170993474
length x+260p., Notes; References; Appendices; Bibliography; Indes; 22cm.