A Few Thousand Battered Books: Eugene O'Neill's Use of Myth in Desire Under The Elms And Mourning Becomes Electra

Arnold Gordenstein


Ezra Pound put it this way:

There died a myriad,
... For an old bitch gone in the teeth,
For a botched civilization,
... For two gross of broken statues,
For a few thousand battered books

The humblest commonplace of post World War One cultural
history has it that that generation found the old creeds of the
west destroyed and the old rules broken. It is somewhat more
problematic, however, to identify the means by which the search for new values was conducted. The pregnant suggestion of Matthew Arnold that Hellenism and Hebraism served as the dual fundaments of western cultural values was exploited artistically by T.S. Eliot and James Joyce. But neither the use of Greek and Bible myth nor myth criticism was invented in 1922.


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DOI: https://doi.org/10.5007/%25x

Copyright (c) 1986 Arnold Gordenstein

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