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Correcting Some Errors in Annals of O'Neill


Louis Sheaffer


In lieu of an abstract, the first paragraph of the essay follows:

"It is extraordinary moving to find the inmost track of a man's life and to decipher the signs he has left us." Saul Bellow, The New York Review of Books, Feb. 17, 1983.

Eugene O'Neill was generally critical of what was written about him. When his first biographer, Barrett H. Clark, sent him a sketch based on a number of sources-on interviews and articles in newspapers and magazines, on material drawn from questioning O'Neill's friends and associates-the playwright wrote back that the sketch "is legend. It isn't really true. It isn't I" (Clark, p. 7).

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