Barbara Gelb is the author of “My Gene”, a play based on O?Neill?s widow, the actress Carlotta Monterey. Gelb recently organized a lecture-reading program about O’Neill and together with Arthur Gelb and the actress Zoe Caldwell toured here and abroad. She has written numerous articles for “The New York Times Magazine” and other publications, including profiles of Richard Rogers, Mike Nichols, George C. Scott, Michael Bennett and Richard Burton. She is also the author of “So Short a Time”, a biography of John Reed and Louise Bryant and two books on police politics and procedure: “On the Track of Murder” and “Varnished Brass”.
In 2000, she and Arthur Gelb published the first volume of their projected two-volume, intensively rewritten O?Neill biography, “O’Neill: Life with Monte Cristo”. Together with the filmmaker, Rick Burns, they wrote “Eugene O?Neill: A Documentary, which was telecast on PBS”. The Gelbs, who have received many awards for their work on O’Neill, have also written and lectured extensively about the playwright. Her most recent honor was for her outstanding research on O?Neill, presented by Yale University?s Beinecke Library in conjunction with ten other university research libraries.