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O'Neill, Eugene, 1888-1953



  • Existence: 1888 - 1953

Eugene O'Neill was born on Ocotber 16, 1888 in New York City. He was an American playwright and Nobel laureate in Literature. O'Neill's plays were among the first to include speeches in American English vernacular and involve characters on the fringes of society. His first published play, "Beyond the Horizon," opened on Broadway in 1920 to great acclaim, and was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for Drama. His first major hit was "The Emperor Jones," which ran on Broadway in 1920. His best-known plays include "Anna Christie" (Pulitzer Prize 1922), "Desire Under the Elms" (1924), "Strange Interlude" (Pulitzer Prize 1928), "Mourning Becomes Electra" (1931), and his only well-known comedy, "Ah, Wilderness!". He died on November 27. 1953.

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Eugene O'Neill collection

Identifier: MS-361
Overview Eugene O'Neill Collection. The collection includes correspondence with Ralph Sanborn concerning Sanborn's bibliography of O'Neill's works, correspondence relating to a proposal that Dartmouth College award O'Neill an honorary degree, correspondence with Patrick O'Neill encouraging his literary ambitions as well as typescripts and galley proofs (some with O'Neill corrections)his plays "Anna Christie," "Strange interlude," and "Dynamo."