Eugene O'Neill is the ackwledged father of modern American theatre, the man who paved the way for the likes of Arthur Miller, Tennessee Williams, Edward Albee and a host of others. By Women Possessed is the last volume in an epic biography of O'Neill, following him through his great successes, the failures he was able to shrug off and the long eclipse: a twelve-year period in which, despite the Nobel, thing he wrote was produced. A fascinating and necessary work from acclaimed authors and critics Arthur and Barbara Gelb.
Arthur Gelb and Barbara Gelb are the authors of O Neill (1962) and O Neill: Life with Monte Cristo (2000), each covering materials known at the time. By Women Possessed benefits from newly released archival material (diaries, letters) and a revisiting of material that was interdicted as long as the widow lived. It also benefits from the wisdom of age: The authors began their first O Neill book when he was thirty-two and she thirty. Life lived has a way of adding shading that youth cannot imagine. They were just completing this final book when Arthur, then ninety, died. Among her books, Barbara is also the author of So Short a Time, a biography of John Reed (Ten Days That Shook the World) and Louise Bryant O Neill's great flame, perhaps because she was the one who left him; and the one-woman play My Gene, based on Carlotta Monterey s life and starring Colleen Dewhurst. Arthur Gelb served in many positions at The New York Times before assuming the post of managing editor. He is the author of several books, most recently, the acclaimed memoir City Room.