|Publisher||Boni & Liveright|
Boni & Liveright, 1928. FIRST EDITION, first printing. Very good condition, green cloth boards stamped in gilt, decorative endpapers, dark topstain, scuffs, edgewear, hinges separated loose, former owners name. 1928 Pulitzer Prize winner. A nine act tragedy, featuring O'Neill's first use of the stream-of-consciousness method. The first trade edition of the third of the Nobel Prize winner's four Pulitzer Prize-winning plays. Strange Interlude is an experimental play by American playwright Eugene O'Neill. O'Neill finished the play in 1923, but it was not produced on Broadway until 1928, when it won the Pulitzer Prize for Drama. Lynn Fontanne originated the central role of Nina Leeds on Broadway. It was also produced in London at the Lyric Theatre in 1931. Because of its length, over four hours, the play has sometimes been produced with a dinner break or on consecutive evenings. The play's subject matter, very controversial for the 1920s, led to it being censored or banned in many cities outside New York. Strange Interlude is one of the few modern plays to make extensive use of a soliloquy technique, in which the characters speak their inner thoughts to the audience. Some productions have had the actors carry masks to distinguish their spoken dialogue from their soliloquies, although most productions allow the distinction to be made through acting style alone. The soliloquies in Strange Interlude mostly take the form of relatively brief side comments, not of lengthy speeches in the Shakespearean manner. Basis of the 1932 MGM film, directed by Robert Z. Leonard and produced by Irving Thalberg, starring Norma Shearer and Clark Gable. 352 pages.