Sad Endings and Negative Heroes

Robert M. Dowling

in The Oxford Handbook of American Literary Naturalism

Published in print March 2011 | ISBN: 9780195368932
Published online September 2012 | | DOI:

Series: Oxford Handbooks

 Sad Endings and Negative Heroes

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The conflation of naturalism with other techniques, particularly expressionism, symbolism, and absurdism, comes to characterize the American style of drama that triumphs in the last century, but the naturalist tradition nearly always predominates. This article focuses on a diverse group of writers that unleashed fresh perspectives on this ever-evolving tradition. One of them is Eugene O'Neill, who won three Pulitzers in the 1920s alone and became the only American dramatist to date to win the Nobel Prize in literature.

Keywords: naturalism; drama; writers; American style; Eugene O'Neill

Article.  9029 words. 

Subjects: Literature ; Literary Studies (Fiction, Novelists, and Prose Writers)

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