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Thursday, October 20, 2011

Eugene O'Neill play acquired by Yale University

A play by US author Eugene O'Neill that was feared to be lost has been acquired by a Yale University library. The one-act play, titled Exorcism, is based on the Nobel Prize-winning author's suicide attempt when he was in his mid-twenties. It premiered in New York City in 1920, but O'Neill later called back the script and destroyed all the copies. But one copy was found in the papers of the writer Philip Yordan, who apparently received it as a gift. The Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library at Yale, which already has a collection of O'Neill's papers, said it bought the faded, slightly discoloured typescript for an undisclosed amount

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