Eugene O'Neill

(16 October 1888 – 27 November 1953 / New York City)

Eugene O'Neill
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Eugene Gladstone O'Neill was an American playwright and Nobel laureate in Literature.

Early Life

O'Neill was born in a Broadway hotel room in New York City on October 16, 1888. O'Neill's father, James O'Neill, was one of Nineteenth Century America's most popular actors. Due to his father's profession, O'Neill was sent to a Catholic boarding school where he found his only solace in books. O'Neill spent his summers in New London, Connecticut.

In 1906 he entered Princeton but was soon expelled.Accounts vary as to why he left. He may have been dropped for attending too few classes, been suspended for "conduct code violations", or "for breaking a window,"... more »

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  • ''Life is for each man a solitary cell whose walls are mirrors.''
    Eugene O'Neill (1888-1953), U.S. dramatist. Lazarus, in Lazarus Laughed, act 2, sc. 1 (1927).
  • ''Man's loneliness is but his fear of life.''
    Eugene O'Neill (1888-1953), U.S. dramatist. Lazarus, in Lazarus Laughed, act. 3, sc. 2.
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