Down the Nights and Down the Days: Eugene O'Neill's Catholic Sensibility (Irish in America)

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The latest book from veteran O'Neillian Edward L. Shaughnessy, Down the Nights and Down the Days: Eugene O'Neill's Catholic Sensibility examines a major aspect of the playwright's vision: the influence of his Catholic heritage upon his moral imagination. Critics, aware of O'Neill's early renunciation of faith (at age 15), have been inclined to overlook this presence in his work. However, Shaughnessy makes no attempt to reclaim O'Neill for Catholicism. But Shaughnessy does uncover evidence that O'Neill retained the impress of his Irish Catholic upbringing and acculturation.

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Edward L. Shaughnessy is Edna R. Cooper Professor of English Emeritus at Butler University.

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“This book is a lucid and humane exploration of American Catholic cultural sensibility. It is also an extremely rewarding read in its own right. The book should be ordered by every librarian who serves the needs of serious English-speaking students from the ages of 16 to 90 who study or read drama, American literature, or religious history.”
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“Shaughnessy carefully examines the impact of O’Neill’s enduring Catholic mindset on specific plays and, in doing so, enriches our understanding of these works. He puts in perspective as never before the tension between O’Neill’s despair and his desire to believe. Edward Shaughnessy’s achievement is to give us an eloquent, insightful, sympathetic perspective on O’Neill’s relationship to the Catholic faith that is utterly free of academic polemicizing or sectarian axe-grinding. This is a book that will be of enduring interest to readers and scholars of O’Neill, to students of the theater, and to pilgrim souls of every kind.” (Commonweal)

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