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This is Mrs. Hawkins and I'm interviewing Mr. Cerf and
today is January 9. Excuse me, you were talking about...
To add to the Eugene O'Neill saga, in 1938 we
published a two-volume, complete Greek drama, edited by
Whitney Oates, who was one of the heads of the Princeton
classics drama department, and Eugene O'Neill, Jr., a great
big husky fellow, very neurotic and in dire need of
bolstering, I thought. I hoped that this assignment would
help. It did to some extent, but he suffered by being
called Eugene O'Neill, Jr. and led me to make some very
rapid conclusions about important men naming their sons
after them, which is, I think, a terrible thing to do.
Of course, a man doesn't know that he's going to be
important necessarily when he names his son, but you always
Well, O'Neill knew by the time this son was born that
he was becoming a well-known dramatist.
Young O'Neill was very bright, but with a terrible
inferiority complex and wasn't helped any by Carlotta
O'Neill who disliked him intensely. She told me, when I
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