Desire Under the Elms

Introduction

Desire Under the Elms is a 1924 play written by Eugene O’Neill. Like Mourning Becomes Electra, Desire Under the Elms signifies an attempt by O’Neill to adapt plot elements and themes of Greek tragedy to a rural New England setting. It was inspired by the myth of Phaedra, Hippolytus, and Theseus. A film version was produced in 1958, and there is an operatic setting by Edward Thomas.


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