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 Iceman Cometh

Eugene O’Neill wrote The Iceman Cometh in 1939, but the play was not produced until 1946. The story takes place in Hope’s saloon and concerns the realities and illusions of the men who drink there. Many critics consider it to be O’Neill’s best work.


Call Numbers for Browsing the Shelves

  • PS3529.N5


Circulating Books – A Selected List

  • Bloom, Harold (ed.). Eugene      O’Neill’s The Iceman Cometh. 1987.

                              Call Number: PS3529.N5 I433 1987

  • Carpenter, Frederic I. Eugene O’Neill. 1964.

                                Call Number: PS3529.N5 Z578

  • Manheim, Michael (ed.). The      Cambridge Companion to Eugene O’Neill. 1998.

                                Call Number: PS3529.N5 Z575 1998

  • Martine, James J. (ed.). Critical      Essays on Eugene O’Neill. 1984.

                              Call Number: PS3529.N5 Z62727 1984

  • O’Neill, Eugene. The Iceman      Cometh. 1946.

                              Call Number: PS3529.N5 I3 1967

  • Stroupe, John H. Critical Approaches to O'Neill. 1988.
    • Call Number: PS3529.N5 Z62726 1988


LINCCWeb online catalog – Search Terms

  • O’Neill, Eugene


Reference Materials

  • Critical Survey of Drama,      Second Revised Edition.      – Call Number: REF PN1625.C68 2003

o Vol. 5, pg. 2535-37

  • Drama Criticism.Call Number: REF PN1625.D72

o Vol. 20, pg. 172, 184, 186-8, 191, 203, 217, 249-63, 279, 283, 286, 289

  • Drama for StudentsCall Number: REF PN1601.D595

o Vol. 5, pgs. 141-61

  • Masterplots II: Drama Series.Call Number: REF PN6112.5.M37 1990

o Vol. 2, pg. 809-14

  • Twentieth-Century Literary      CriticismCall Number: REF      PN771.G27

o Vol. 1, pg. 389-90, 392, 398-402, 405-6

o Vol. 6, pg. 332, 336

o Vol. 49, pg. 247, 249, 252, 260


Research Databases

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Films on Demand - Database 

  • The Iceman Cometh (FULL VIDEO)
    • DESCRIPTION: Jason Robards Jr. became an overnight star with his indelible performance as the glad-handing, doom-ridden Hickey in the legendary 1956 Circle in the Square revival of Eugene O'Neill's towering masterpiece (first staged in 1939). In his harrowing drama, O'Neill shines a harsh but compassionate spotlight on the failed lives, empty hopes, and perpetual pipe dreams of an assortment of down-and-out denizens of a seedy saloon, set in New York in 1912. Their sad but complacent existences are rattled when Hickey arrives for his annual bender a changed man—forswearing alcohol and preaching a deliverance from "the lie of the pipe dream." As Variety originally wrote, "this 'Iceman' was a landmark for the video medium, a reference point for greatness in TV drama." 1960-61 New York Area Emmy for Most Outstanding Local Program WNTA. Cast: Jason Robards Jr., Robert Redford, James Broderick, Myron McCormick, Tom Pedi, Farrell Pelly, Ronald Radd. 
  • Village Radicals, New Americans, Boom, and Crash (FULL VIDEO)
    • DESCRIPTION: This program analyzes the cultural changes that occurred during the early 20th century, the golden age of American mainstream theater. Ellen Adler, owner of the Stella Adler Conservatory; playwright Michael Dinwiddie; Brooks McNamara, director of the Shubert Archive; and theater historian and author Mary Henderson address topics such as the impact of immigrants on the emerging voices in drama; the blossoming of ethnic theater; the role of the American Laboratory Theater; the influence of the Greenwich Village Theatre and the Provincetown Players; and the works of Eugene O’Neill, including Beyond the HorizonLong Day’s Journey into Night, and The Iceman Cometh. (30 minutes)
  • Eugene O'Neill: A Documentary Film (FULL VIDEO)
    • DESCRIPTION: Presenting the haunting story of America’s first Nobel Prize–winning playwright, this episode of American Experience details the harrowing family dramas and personal upheavals that shaped Eugene O’Neill and which he in turn struggled all his life to confront through his art. Viewers are introduced to the masterpieces O’Neill created at the very end of his career—chief among them The Iceman Cometh and Long Day's Journey Into Night—with the aid of scenes staged especially for the program. These are performed by some of the most gifted actors working today, including Al Pacino, Christopher Plummer, Robert Sean Leonard, Liam Neeson, and Vanessa Redgrave. Distributed by PBS Distribution. (120 minutes)
  • Eugene O'Neill: A Concise Biography (FULL VIDEO)
    • DESCRIPTION: In this introduction to Eugene O'Neill's life and work from the Famous Authors series, viewers are given a close look at O'Neill's theatrical family and mother who developed a morphine addiction. He struggled with this and his renouncement of Catholicism, a blow to his Irish parents, and escaped into reading voraciously. He went to Princeton, but was unfocused and left for a life of drinking and revelry. Eventually he began writing, took a playwriting class at Harvard, and later saw his plays performed by the Provincetown Players. We follow his subsequent successes and failures, through to his last days and the legacy of his work. (33 minutes)
  • The Iceman Cometh: Act IV (SEGMENT)
    • From Title: The Iceman Cometh
    • DESCRIPTION: Hickey confesses to having murdered his wife and elaborates on their guilt-ridden relationship before police arrest him. Parritt admits to hating his mother and commits suicide. The patrons revive their pipe dreams, but Larry wishes only for death.
  • The Iceman Cometh: Introduction to Eugene O'Neill (SEGMENT)
    • From Title: The Iceman Cometh
    • DESCRIPTION: As part of the "Play of the Week" series, a theatre expert introduces "The Iceman Cometh" and offers insight into playwright, Eugene O'Neill. (Opening Credits)


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