Books: Lament for the Loveless

A MOON FOR THE MISBEGOTTEN (177 pp.)—Eugene O'Neill—Random House ($2.75).

Though his pen has been still for the better part of twelve years, Eugene O'Neill, ill with Parkinson's disease, has twice dipped into his backlog of unproduced plays. In 1946 Broadway saw The Iceman Cometh, which O'Neill had completed in 1939; A Moon for the Misbegotten, written in 1940, got its premiere in Columbus, Ohio in 1947. Moon for the Misbegotten opened to what the trade calls mixed notices, but played to good houses in Cleveland, St. Louis and Detroit, although Detroit demanded that such key terms as "whore," "bastard," "son of...

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