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A TOUCH OF THE POET (182 pp.)—Eugene O'Neill—Yale University ($3.75).

During the last twelve years of his active writing life (1934-46), Eugene O'Neill was at work on a massive and abortive project: an eleven-play cycle, to be titled A Tale of Possessors Self-Dispossessed, which would virtually span U.S. history as reflected in the life stories of two Irish-American families. After completing seven of the plays and part of an eighth, O'Neill tore up all but two, planned to revise the cycle, but never got around to it (he died in 1953). The U.S. public now gets its first glimpse of one of...

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