Catching Up on the Screenews
Posted by: Keir Graff
As I observe a strict no-blogging-on-holidays policy, I’m just now catching up on some of last week’s news.
It’s always fun to read about lost manuscripts being found. Keith J. Kelly, Media Ink columnist for the New York Post, suggests that an English professor’s discovery of Eugene O’Neill’s “The Screenews of War” might just be chum in the waters for publishers:
Today, at least two major magazines and a book publisher are said to be intrigued by the 40-odd-page manuscript, which has been quietly circulated over the past week by the professor who made the astounding find.
O’Neill, of course, is known primarily as a playwright, and didn’t write many short stories, which might up the ante somewhat.
O’Neill was a young, aspiring writer who was just beginning to discover his literary voice when he penned “The Screenews of War,” a story about a cast of Hollywood newsreel makers who were filming the Mexican revolution for American audiences.
He apparently had first attempted the story as a play, but grew disenchanted with that and turned it into a novella.
Who knows if the story is any good, but the title is terrible. And if it’s ever turned into a movie, we can count on some Hollywood executive to make it even worse: Newsreality, anyone?
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