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The Iceman Cometh

Eugene O'Neill


Suggestions for Further Reading

Barlow, Judith. Final Acts: the Creation of Three Late O'Neill Plays. Athens: University of Georgia Press, 1985.

Bogard, Travis. Contour in Time: the Plays of Eugene O'Neill. New York: Oxford University Press, 1988.

Eugene O'Neill. Ed. Harold Bloom. New York: Chelsea House, 1987.

Eugene O'Neill and the Emergence of American Drama. Ed. Marc Maufort. Amsterdam: Rodopi, 1989.

File on O'Neill. Ed. Stephen Black. London: Methuen Drama, 1993.

Frazer, Winifred. Love as Death in The Iceman Cometh: a Modern Treatment of an Ancient Theme. Gainesville, FL: University of Florida Press, 1967.

Perspectives on O'Neill: New Essays. Ed. Shyamal Bagchee. Victoria, BC., Canada: University of Victoria, 1988.

Readings on Eugene O'Neill. Ed. Thomas Siebold. San Diego, CA: Greenhaven Press, 1998.

Twentieth Century Interpretations of The Iceman Cometh. Ed. John Henry Raleigh. Englewood Cliffs: Prentice-Hall, 1968.

Vena, Gary. O'Neill's The Iceman Cometh: Reconstructing the Premiere. Ann Arbor, MI: UMI Research Press, 1988.

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Alcohol personified

by jmjohnso, January 11, 2015

Alcohol Personified
Hickey is the personification of alcohol in The Iceman Cometh. If you are not well-versed in the traits of the disease of alcoholism, you will miss this plot device. It takes Hickey a long time to arrive (not until the 2nd Act), because the barflys are dying for a drink, and they are all too broke to afford to buy booze themselves, so the wait seems interminable. When Hickey arrives, he is fresh and clean, and full of promise of a better future. He promises freedom from failure and a complete change of mind so that ... Read more


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