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Four Plays by Eugene O'Neill

3.90  ·  Rating Details  ·  177 Ratings  ·  8 Reviews
Contained within this volume are some of the best of O'Neill's early one-act plays, which foreshadowed the longer plays that have given this dramatist his most enduring fame. "Beyond the Horizon" was the first of O'Neill's three Pulitzer Prize-winning plays. It follows the disappointed dreams of two brothers on their family farm. "The Emperor Jones" is an expressionistic t ...more
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Published January 1st 2009 by (first published February 1st 1998)
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Feb 12, 2008 Mike rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
the emperor jones is all kinds of fucked up. the story is basically about an african-american who has set himself up as emperor of a caribbean island, but the black savage inhabitants of the island are now rebelling, and he must escape through the jungle. jones' dialogue is written in that typical "i sho' is hungee" dialect, yet the play somehow seems to have something to say about what w.e.b. dubois called double consciousness. extremely problematic and therefore extremely interesting.
Beyond the Horizon, 4 stars

Albeit sad, I didn't find this play to be as dark and bleak as I had expected.

Indeed there is a love triangle; however, that aspect of the play didn't strike me as the most central.

For me, the play was more about choices and how one deals with and reacts to decisions once they've been made. Does one keep moving forward? Does one become embittered? Does one despise the one who hurt him?

What moved (and surprised) me most was the tenderness the brothers displayed toward
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Jun 23, 2010 Candice Beever rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoyed all of these plays. They're easy to follow and still relavant today. O'Neill is an amazing playwright. Not surprisingly, two of these plays won him Pulitzers (Beyond the Horizon and Anna Christie). I'd recommend them even if you don't really like reading plays. He uses enough stage direction that it feels like you're reading a novel.
May 12, 2013 علی rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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یوجین اونیل (1953-1888) نمایش نامه نویس آمریکایی برنده ی نوبل، متاثر از تیاتر واقع گرای چخوف و هنریک ایبسن بود. او که سال ها روی کشتی کار کرده بود، در اغلب آثار اولیه اش به زندگی ملاحان و سفرهای دریایی پرداخت. آخرین نمایش نامه های اونیل، بهترین آنها هستند که به نوعی تراژدی شخصیت های نومید مشهور اند.
Sean Endymion
Feb 05, 2012 Sean Endymion rated it liked it
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Read *The Emperor Jones* and *The Hairy Ape*. Insane amounts of dialect -- more than Twain? Is that possible? Interesting plays, and I can see why O'Neill was hailed as the first great American playwright, but... to me, they simply aren't *entertaining* because of how moralizing they try to be.
Jul 23, 2011 Kurt rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I enjoyed the Ibsen-like Anna Christie and Beyond the Horizon (depressing, but well-told stories), but the Emperor Jones and Hairy Ape were a little much for me. I found O'Neill's written accents to be distracting to wade through.
Nicole Marino
Aug 16, 2007 Nicole Marino rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Would give it a higher rating, but O'Neill's always better on stage, in my opinion.
Mar 26, 2008 Eshivey rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
have most of his plays. great playwrite.

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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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