Eugene O'Neill

1888 - 1953

photo credits: Wikimedia Commons

country of citizenship:  United States of America
languages spoken, written or signed:  English
educated at:  Princeton University
occupation:  playwrightscreenwriterwriter
influenced by:  Anton Chekhov
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Eugene Gladstone O'Neill (October 16, 1888 – November 27, 1953) was an Irish-American playwright. His poetically titled plays were among the first to introduce into the U.S. the drama techniques of realism, earlier associated with Russian playwright Anton Chekhov, Norwegian playwright Henrik Ibsen, and Swedish playwright August Strindberg. The tragedy Long Day's Journey into Night is often included on lists of the finest U.S. plays in the 20th century, alongside Tennessee Williams's A Streetcar Named Desire and Arthur Miller's Death of a Salesman. He was awarded the 1936 Nobel Prize in Literature. O'Neill is also the only playwright to win four Pulitzer Prizes for Drama. O'Neill's plays were among the first to include speeches in American English vernacular and involve characters on the fringes of society. They struggle to maintain their hopes and aspirations, but ultimately slide into disillusion and despair. Of his very few comedies, only one is well-known (Ah, Wilderness!). Nearly all of his other plays involve some degree of tragedy and personal pessimism. Source: Wikipedia (en)

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