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Agnes Boulton (1893-1968)
In the fall of 1922, the O'Neills moved to Brook Farm in Ridgefield, Connecticut, and then two years later, to Bermuda. Their daughter, Oona, was born in Bermuda on 14 May 1925. The family divided their time between Brook Farm and Bermuda (where they later bought a house, Spithead). In the summer of 1926, they rented a cottage in Belgrade Lakes, Maine, where they were visited by Boulton's daughter from her first marriage, Barbara Burton, and by O'Neill's son from his first marriage, Eugene O'Neill, Jr. It was in Belgrade Lakes that O'Neill renewed his acquaintance with Carlotta Monterey, who had starred in the 1922 New York production of his playThe Hairy Ape. From that point on, O'Neill divided his time between New York and Bermuda, and between Carlotta and Boulton. In 1928, O'Neill made his choice and left on 10 February with Carlotta for Europe. Boulton tried to save the marriage, but she and O'Neill finally divorced in July 1929.
Boulton wrote a memoir about her marriage to O'Neill, Part of a Long Story (1958), as well as a novel, The Road is Before Us (1944). Boulton later remarried, but she and her third husband were subsequently separated. Boulton died on 25 November 1968 in West Point Pleasant, New Jersey.
For further information, see Boulton's memoir, Part of a Long Story (Garden City, N.Y.: Doubleday, 1958).
Biographical note is drawn from the finding aid for the Agnes Boulton Collection of Eugene O'Neill, YCAL MSS 122.
- Guide to the Agnes Boulton Papers
- by Jennifer Meehan and Santana Haight
- Description rules
- Describing Archives: A Content Standard
- Language of description note
- Finding aid written in English.
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