Rosary O'Neill 


As a Senior Fulbright Drama Specialist, Rosary O’Neill has been awarded nine Fulbright Awards, including five to study Edgar Degas in Paris. She has published 19 plays with Concord Publishers (aka Samuel French), including Degas in New Orleans, three play anthologies, and six books. A professor emerita at Loyola University New Orleans, she founded the first repertory theater in New Orleans: Southern Rep. She is a member of the Playwrights Division of the Actors Studio in New York.




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Edgar Degas in New Orleans

The grit and grandeur of New Orleans helped give rise to an icon of French Impressionism.

Edgar Degas's mother was from New Orleans and from the time he buried her, he pined for Louisiana. In 1872, when he arrived, he found New Orleans wracked with devastation. He struggled with the conflict of helping his family' bankrupt cotton business, while pursuing his passion to paint. Amidst this turmoil, blossomed a tragic friendship with his blind sister-in-law, his beautiful muse. Edgar nearly went mad when he discovered his brother had gone through all the family money, and was having an affair with his wife's best friend. This book rips open the divide between Edgar and his brother that kept them from speaking for ten years, and led Edgar to start a new direction in his work: Impressionism.


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