Eugene O’Neill: (1888-1953 Nobel and Pulitzer Prize winner) Lived and worked on his estate outside of New London, Ct. went on to become one of the worlds most critically acclaimed writers and the only playwright to ever win a Nobel Prize for Literature. For some, Eugene O'Neills twenty plays raised American theater out of vaudeville and saccharine sentimentality and won American international notice from Moscow to Buenos Aires and China, and all of the other 49 countries his works have been produced.
A high strung and nervous man, his head moved left and right as he spoke in hushed tones and his wife said he talked in his sleep, about Freud’s theories. Proud and conscious of his Irishness and the effects he held over his life, he said that the most important aspect to understanding his work is that it was written through his Irish American background, his works exhibit his Irishness and his Roman Catholic upbringing and the Irishness of his characters in his works "Long Days Journey into Night” and " A Moon for the Misbegotten” is essential to the conflict of those stories and most others he wrote. A series of planned plays, left unfinished at his death, was to trace three generations of Irish Americans