11 October 2002
O'NEILL, Eugene. The Iceman Cometh. New York: Random House, 1946.
8o. Original blue cloth; dust jacket (light rubbing to edges).
FIRST EDITION. PRESENTATION COPY, INSCRIBED BY O'NEILL TO THE STAGE MANAGER FOR THE ORIGINAL BROADWAY PRODUCTION on the front free endpaper: "To Bettina Stetske with much gratitude for all you did for The Iceman Cometh. I shall never forget your kindness. Eugene O'Neill Oct. 46."
In 1936, O'Neill had received the Nobel Prize for literature. He planned, over the next decade, to work on a nine-play series depicting American history through two centuries of one family's struggles. Only two plays of this series survive, but O'Neill also wrote three of his greatest -- and most autobiographical -- works during this period. The Iceman Cometh, the first of these, restored O'Neill to Broadway. The other two are Long Day's Journey into Night and A Moon for the Misbegotten. Atkinson A35-I-I.a.
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