New York: Horace Liveright Inc, . First edition. In the original cream vellum with gilt detail to spine and front board. Limited to a run of 550 copies, of which this is 347, signed on the limitation page by the author. Spine toned; some spotting and soiling to front and rear boards. Front hinge tender and rear hinge cracked but holding. Internally clean and tight, with only a 2.25 inch closed tear to the Characters list page. In all, a pleasing copy.
Following its debut on Broadway in 1931, Mourning Becomes Electra would go on to a 150 performance run; and it would inspire a critically acclaimed film of the same title. A re-imagining of Aeschylus' classic Greek tragedy Oresteia, O'Neill modernizes the action and transforms it from a Freudian perspective. Functioning as a trilogy, the action follows General Ezra Mannon to his homecoming after war; here, domesticity is as lustful and violent as the battlefield, and the Mannon family faces conflicts over the duties of daughters, family rivalries with the Brants, and plots of patricide. O'Neill's goal was to focus on thev violent inner forces shaping men, which lead to pain abroad and at home. Very Good + (Item #2648)