Eugene O’Neill and American Society
In her twelfth book Yvonne Shafer once more focuses on Eugene O’Neill. Her previous book «Performing O’Neill» presented fascinating information about the actors (James Earl Jones, Jason Robards, etc.) who created his roles. Eugene O’Neill and American Society moves away from the familiar biographical analysis of the plays to such aspects as his anti-war stand, his interaction with African-Americans, his surprising love for musicals, and his characterization of women. Shafer has been involved in theatre as an actress, a director, a reviewer, and a scholar. She has lectured and taught in such varied places as China, Norway and (as a Fulbright Scholar) Belgium. Her performance of «Eugene O’Neill On Stage» has delighted audiences in Germany, the United States, and Spain.