Down the Nights and Down the Days
Eugene O'Neill's Catholic Sensibility
240 pages, 6.00 x 9.00
Paperback | 9780268008956 | June 2000
eBook (PDF) | 9780268077525 | June 2000
eBook (EPUB) | 9780268092979 | June 2000
This latest book from veteran O’Neillian Edward L. Shaughnessy examines the influence of the Irish playwright’s Catholic heritage on his moral imagination. Critics, due to O'Neill's early renunciation of faith at age 15, have mostly overlooked this presence in his work. While Shaughnessy makes no attempt to reclaim him for Catholicism, he uncovers evidence that O'Neill retained the imprint of his Irish Catholic upbringing and acculturation in his work. Shaughnessy discusses several key plays from the O’Neill cannon, such as Long Day’s Journey into Night, The Iceman Cometh, and Mourning Becomes Electra, as well as the lesser-known Ile and Days Without End. Winner of the Irish in America Manuscript competition, Down the Days and Down the Nights: Eugene O’Neill’s Catholic Sensibility is a compelling investigation into the psyche of one of the most brilliant, internationally honored playwrights of our time.
Edward L. Shaughnessy was Edna R. Cooper Professor of English Emeritus at Butler University and the author of many articles that focus on issues of O’Neill’s cultural and family background.
“This book is a lucid and humane exploration of American Catholic cultural sensibility. It is also an extremely rewarding read in its own right. The book should be ordered by every librarian who serves the needs of serious English-speaking students from the ages of 16 to 90 who study or read drama, American literature, or religious history.” —Literature and Theology