BIBLIOLAGIST: William Davies King

Portrait of William Davies King at home

Photograph by Wendy Lukomski

William Davies King is Distinguished Professor of Theater and Dance at the University of California Santa Barbara. His Collections of Nothing (Chicago, 2008) was named as one of the top 100 books of 2008 by He is also the author of Henry Irving’s “Waterloo”: Theatrical Engagements with Late-Victorian Culture and History (California, 1993; winner of the 1993 Joe A. Callaway Prize), Writing Wrongs: The Work of Wallace Shawn (Temple, 1997), “A Wind Is Rising”: The Correspondence of Agnes Boulton and Eugene O’Neill (Fairleigh Dickinson, 2000), and Another Part of a Long Story: Literary Traces of Eugene O’Neill and Agnes Boulton (Michigan, 2010), and editor of a new edition of Agnes Boulton’s Part of a Long Story (MacFarland, 2011) and the Eugene O’Neill Review. He edited both the critical and the multimedia editons of Eugene O'Neill's Long Day's Journey Into Night for Yale University Press, and is currently working on a critical editon of The Iceman Cometh. He is working on another book about collecting and various other projects to do with O’Neill. And he thanks his wife Wendy and daughters Ruthie and Eva for tolerating it all (him).