First Edition of Mourning Becomes Electra;
Mourning Becomes Electra.
Item Number: 18040
New York: Boni & Liveright, 1931.
First edition. Octavo, original cloth. Inscribed by the author to the actress Erinna Herts on the front free endpaper, “To Erinna Herts with all good wishes Eugene O’Neill Nov. 1931.” Additionally, signed below O’Neill’s inscription, are the signatures of the ten members of the play’s original cast. Jack Moeller, the play’s director has added a short inscription at the bottom. Housed in a custom clamshell box.
Set in New England just after the end of the Civil War, Mourning Becomes Electra is O'Neill's three part reworking of themes from Greek tragedy. This adaptation of Aeschylus' Oresteia by one of America's greatest playwrights is a landmark in the history of theatre.