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Tiny Alice Essay | Critical Essay #4

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Critical Essay #4

In the following essay, Valgemae provides a parallel between The Great God Brown and Tiny Alice.

Critics who have grappled with Edward Albee's Tiny Alice have conjectured about its possible sources. These range from Alice's Adventures in Wonderland to the plays of Noel Coward, T. S. Eliot, Jean Genet, and several other European playwrights. Surprisingly, no one has mentioned Eugene O'Neill. Albee himself has repeatedly admitted being "an enormous admirer" of "late O'Neill." "By late O'Neill, do you mean Long Day's Journey Into Night?" asked an interviewer. "Yes," replied Albee, "and The Iceman Cometh and those of that period when he started writing good plays." The interviewer: "Do you mean after he got over his gimmicky period?" Albee: "Yes." Yet it is precisely the O'Neill of the "gimmicky period" who seems to have influenced the Albee of Tiny Alice.

Tiny Alice, said Albee at a press conference, was...

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