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1929. Generally agreed to be one of the most significant forces in the history of the American theater, O'Neill is a three-time winner of the Pulitzer Prize. His enormous output is in the tradition of realism established by Strindberg and Ibsen. His works introduced Americans to the techniques of the great European realists. Realism for Americans was a move away from the s ...more
Paperback, 160 pages
Published May 31st 2004 by Kessinger Publishing
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Jim Leckband
O'Neill is not at his best in this over-determined play. Two families are divided by a lilac hedge - one family has a fundamentalist minister, a harpy wife and an idealistic boy, the other family has an atheistic prankster, a romantic/ditzy wife and a opportunistic daughter. Whaddaya think happens?

The boy falls in love, the families have a tiff from a cruel prank by the daughter's father that reveals the true characters of everyone and the boy runs away from home - all in the smothering symbolis
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Eugene 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 playwr ...more
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