Melding a penetrating assessment of oneills works and thought with a sensitive re creation of his life eugene oneills america offers a striking new view of americas greatest playwright and a new picture of american democracy itself. Eugene oneills america desire under democracy review and desire under the elms than accomplishes his goal of deepening our appreciation of oneills contri bution to americas philosophical and intellectual as well as aesthetic history. John patrick diggins eugene oneills america desire under democracychicago university of chicago press 2007 pp xv 305 2900. The item eugene oneills america desire under democracy john patrick diggins represents a specific individual material embodiment of a distinct intellectual or artistic creation found in brigham young university. In the face of seemingly relentless american optimism eugene oneills plays reveal an america many would like to ignore a place of seething resentments aching desires and family tragedy where failure and disappointment are the norm and the american dream a chimera though derided by critics
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