Desire Under the Elms

Desire Under the Elms
Goodreads Rating: 3.62
Author: Eugene O'Neill
Category: Plays
Published: 1958 by Signet (first published 1924)
Pages: 120 pages

I love plays which transform the limitations of the stage into possibilities - and this is a great example of the art. Ephraim Cabot is the quintessential patriarch: playing absolute dictator to his sons on his lonely farm, and lording it over man and beast alike. Simeon and Peter, his sons by his first wife and Eben, his son by his second, all fear and loathe him - but he keeps them tied to the farm by the sheer force of his personality.

However, a third marriage to the shrewd gold-digger Abbie

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