Description - Eugene O'Neill by Eugene Gladstone O'Neill
This third and final volume volume of the first complete collection of O'Neill's dramatic writing contains eight plays, including the crowning achievements of his career. From the warmly nostalgic "Ah, Wilderness!, " an uncharacteristically affectionate evocation of the world of his childhood, and "Days Without End," a stark portrayal of spiritual conflict, he moved on to the great culmination of his work for the theater: "A touch of the Poet and more Stately Mansions" included here in it's entirety), parts of an ambitious, uncompleted cycle tracing a complex family drama; "The Iceman Cometh," which brilliantly uses its skid-row tavern setting to pit escapist dreams against tragic realities; the two-character tour de force "Hughie; Long Day's Journey into Night," the devastating portrait of the playwright's own family widely viewed as his masterpiece; and his last play, "A Moon for the Misbegotten"
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Author Biography - Eugene Gladstone O'Neill
Eugene O'Neill (1888-1953) is one of the most significant forces in the history of American theater. With no uniquely American tradition to guide him, O'Neill introduced various dramatic techniques, which subsequently became staples of the U.S. theater. By 1914 he had written twelve one-act and two long plays. Of this early work, only Thirst and Other One-act plays (1914) was originally published. From this point on, O'Neill's work falls roughly into three phases: the early plays, written from 1914 to 1921 (The Long Voyage Home, The Moon of the Caribbees, Beyond the Horizon, Anna Christie); a variety of full-length plays for Broadway (Desire Under the Elms; Great God Brown; Ah, Wilderness!); and the last, great plays, written between 1938 and his death (The Iceman Cometh, Long Day's Journey Into Night, A Moon for the Misbegotten). Eugene O'Neill is a four-time Pulitzer Prize winner, and he was awarded the Nobel Prize in literature in 1936.