- Eugene O’Neill (Censorship (Ready Reference series))
- Eugene O'Neill (Critical Survey of Drama, Second Revised Edition)
- Eugene O'Neill (Cyclopedia of World Authors, Fourth Revised Edition)
- Eugene O’Neill (Dictionary of World Biography: The 20th Century)
- Eugene O'Neill (Identities & Issues in Literature)
At a glance:
- Author: Eugene O’Neill
- First Published: 1927
- Type of Plot: Epic theater; biographical
- Time of Work: c. 30
- Setting: Bethany, Athens, and Rome
- Characters: Lazarus, Miriam, Tiberius Caesar, Pompeia, Caligula
- Genres: Drama, Psychological drama, Biographical drama, Epic theater
- Subjects: Values, Power, personal or social, Religion, Biblical times, Life, philosophy of, Middle East, Mortality, Immunity, Greece or Greek people, Rome
- Locales: Europe, Italy, Greece, Athens, ancient, Rome, ancient, Bethany, ancient
Lazarus Laughed is based on the biblical story of Jesus raising a man from the dead. Instead of concentrating on the figure of Jesus, however, Eugene O’Neill makes the story of Lazarus central to the play. In fact, Jesus serves merely as the instrument for awaking Lazarus. The drama begins with a huge crowd of people discussing, in great anticipation, the appearance of the resurrected man. He has not been merely revived, for he is in every sense of the word a new man, affirming the wonder of existence and exulting in the laughter that leads him to express...
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