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Book Title: A Moon for the Misbegotten|
The author of the book: Eugene O'Neill
Date of issue: July 12th 1974
ISBN 13: 9780375725852
Format files: PDF
The size of the: 751 KB
Edition: Vintage Books USA
Read full description of the books A Moon for the Misbegotten:though written around the same time (1941-43), long day's journey into night was first performed upon the stage some nine years after its sequel, a moon for the misbegotten. the former, eugene o'neill's autobiographical masterpiece, takes place about a decade prior to moon's drama.
jim (or "jamie" in journey - both based on o'neill's real-life older brother), now older, cynical, and nearly beaten by life, has all but succumbed to his alcoholism. still plagued (emotionally, that is) by the death of his mother, jim is consumed by guilt and shame. as a fitting and imperfect (if unrequited) complement to jim's character, josie - the tall, well-built, and tough-talking 28-year old irishwoman - is the daughter of phil hogan, jim's lessee. while much of the story revolves around hogan and josie's farm, and the threat of it being sold by jim - the unspoken love between josie and jim (and their myriad conflicting feelings) provides for the play's real upheaval.
while perhaps not as arresting as its predecessor, a moon for the misbegotten is still an accomplished and affecting work of theater. o'neill was quite adept at parsing the nuances of human relationships - often exposing the many ways things forever left unsaid, unacknowledged, or otherwise unaccounted for erode the individual and all those around them (via addiction, indifference, pipe dreams, or emotional unavailability). in o'neill's nobel prize citation, the swedish academy notes "the power, honesty and deep-felt emotions of his dramatic works, which embody an original concept of tragedy." over six decades since his passing, o'neill remains one of the finest playwrights of any generation.
you can take the truth, josie - from me. because you and i belong to the same club. we can kid the world but we can't fool ourselves, like most people, no matter what we do - nor escape ourselves no matter where we run away. whether it's the bottom of a bottle, or a south sea island, we'd find our own ghosts there waiting to greet us - "sleepless with pale commemorative eyes," as rossetti wrote.
Read information about the authorEugene Gladstone O'Neill was an American playwright who won the 1936 Nobel Prize in Literature "for the power, honesty and deep-felt emotions of his dramatic works, which embody an original concept of tragedy." More than any other dramatist, O'Neill introduced American drama to the dramatic realism pioneered by Russian playwright Anton Chekhov, Norwegian playwright Henrik Ibsen, and Swedish playwright August Strindberg, and was the first to use true American vernacular in his speeches.
His plays involve characters who inhabit the fringes of society, engaging in depraved behavior, where they struggle to maintain their hopes and aspirations but ultimately slide into disillusionment and despair. O'Neill wrote only one comedy (Ah, Wilderness!): all his other plays involve some degree of tragedy and personal pessimism.
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