Long Day's Journey Into Night

Long Day s Journey Into Night Eugene O Neill s autobiographical play Long Day s Journey into Night is regarded as his finest work First published by Yale University Press in it won the Pulitzer Prize in and has since so

Eugene O Neill s autobiographical play Long Day s Journey into Night is regarded as his finest work First published by Yale University Press in 1956, it won the Pulitzer Prize in 1957 and has since sold than one million copies This edition includes a new foreword by Harold Bloom.The action covers a fateful, heart rending day from around 8 30 am to midnight, in AugusEugene O Neill s autobiographical play Long Day s Journey into Night is regarded as his finest work First published by Yale University Press in 1956, it won the Pulitzer Prize in 1957 and has since sold than one million copies This edition includes a new foreword by Harold Bloom.The action covers a fateful, heart rending day from around 8 30 am to midnight, in August 1912 at the seaside Connecticut home of the Tyrones the semi autobiographical representations of O Neill himself, his older brother, and their parents at their home, Monte Cristo Cottage.One theme of the play is addiction and the resulting dysfunction of the family All three males are alcoholics and Mary is addicted to morphine They all constantly conceal, blame, resent, regret, accuse and deny in an escalating cycle of conflict with occasional desperate and half sincere attempts at affection, encouragement and consolation.

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Long Day's Journey Into Night

  1. 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 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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  1. From Act 1 Eugene O Neill jerks away the patchwork veil from the face of a family to reveal the anatomy of the skin, every pustule, all the carbuncles, discoloration and scars, the embarrassing halitosis, wax and hairs the attributes that, up close, make us ugly human beings Long Day s Journey Into Night is a naked insight to the brutal, unyielding properties that trap families into dysfunctional, vengeful, malignant relations Guilt, criticism, paranoia, competition, blame, hate, distrust, addic [...]

  2. It s really sad to think that kids in high school are forced to read junk like DEATH OF A SALESMAN and THE CRUCIBLE when a great play like this one is almost forgotten The thing I love the most about this play is that it really feels like the story of a family where there is no hope I know just what it s like when one parent is permanently checked out on drugs, or alcohol, and the other parent is trying to keep up a false front, and the kids are always either acting out or just pretending nothin [...]

  3. Eugene O Neill scrie Lungul drum al zilei c tre noapte pentru a se elibera n primul r nd pe sine de amintirile chinuitoare, de repro urile trecute, de lupta morbid dus cu boala i alcoolul n tinere ea sa.Prin aceast pies i m rturise te iertarea pentru ai s i, ncercarea de a se ierta pe sine nsu i i pe cei cu care i a dus via a n chinul viciului, ne n elegerii, minciunii i indiferen ei din familie.Drama urm re te pe parcursul unei singure zile, din zori i p n la miezul nop ii distrugerea familiei [...]

  4. The fault, dear Brutus, is not in our stars, but in ourselves that we are underlings Long Day s Journey into Night was a story about a family, James Tyrone father , Mary mother , Jamie elder son , Edmund younger son and Cathlyn second daughter , and their typical day I ve always thought it d be hard to read a play but it turned out just the opposite Well, at least for this one, Long Day s Journey into Night is surprisingly easy to read and grasp its meaning As short as the story is, I m amazed b [...]

  5. The first time I ever saw Albee s Who s Afraid of Virginia Woolf I could not quite believe that people could drink that much and live And I thought this despite the fact that I come from a drinking family The alcohol in Albee s play operates not so much as a numbing agent, but as an alchemic incendiary to the verbal abuse that transforms four intelligent people into harpies of the worst kind In O Neill s play, the focus is also on four people, members of an Irish American family a father, mother [...]

  6. The epigraph of Eugene O Neill s semi autobiographical play says it was a 12th anniversary gift to his wife I mean it as a tribute to your love and tenderness which gave me the faith in love that enabled me to face my dead at last and write this play write it with deep pity and understanding and forgiveness for all the four haunted Tyrones The play was published in 1956, three years after O Neill s death.As the day turns into night, the four characters in the Tyrone family reveal and about the [...]

  7. You know when you re reading something and think, Damn, this is good, and then you look up the playwright and realize he won 4 Pulitzers and the Nobel Prize Yeah O Neill sort of knows what he s doing This play is the emotional equivalent of picking a scab All four characters are seared on my brain, and the detailed, beautiful stage directions make this an especially good reading experience Recommended if you like family dramas steeped in hopelessness.

  8. This has been in my reading list for ages, and now that I finally managed to grab the thing for a reading challenge, it couldn t fly any faster to my list of absolute must sees With the likes of Jeremy Irons, Lesley Manville, and Hadley Fraser starring, the adaptation at the Bristol Old Vic would be a dream, but the circumstances are what they are, so this will just have to wait.Reading a play instead of seeing it performed can be complicated and underwhelming No such problem here Long Day s Jou [...]

  9. Eugene O Neill is a strong writer Long Day s Journey into Night is probably one of the deepest plays I have read having read it at a young age I would really like to see a production of this My favorite part was the monologue about the fog The fog was where I wanted to be is not a meaningless quote at all It is about reality, solitude, and fear I love this monologue because there is so much to say about solitude and reality together The play is no light read and it deals with very serious topics [...]

  10. It was a great mistake, my being born a man, I would have been much successful as a sea gull or a fish As it is, I will always be a stranger who never feels at home, who does not really want and is not really wanted, who can never belong, who must always be a little in love with death These words are spoken by Edmund O Neill s autobiographical stand in in the late pages of the play And I think they very much capture the mood and tension that so densely fog the lives of the Tyrones and the resen [...]

  11. Be always drunken Nothing else matters that is the only question If you would not feel the horrible burden of Time weighing on your shoulders and crushing you to the earth, be drunken continually Baudelaire You know that feeling when words become inadequate and cannot even begin to sum up how you feel about something This is precisely how I feel right now There is just so much going on in one day and so many emotions If you are someone who believes in and chases after the American Dream, then th [...]

  12. Don t read this play if you or your family have a history of drug addiction and or alcoholism and you don t want to be reminded of it This play is about the disintegration of a family whose members are, variously, addicted to drugs or alcohol tormented by the failure of their dreams or dying from disease on top of the other problems.That saidis is a fascinating play with a explosive end The first three acts are so quiet in comparison, in their depiction of the Tyrone family s individual miseries [...]

  13. I had the opportunity to read this in World Drama class years ago, but I admit shamefully that I skimmed it Now, knowing the autobiographical context and the actual accuracy of O Neill s family history portrayed here, I couldn t help but feel emotionally invested In the dedication to his wife at the beginning, O Neill describes it as this play of old sorrow, written in tears and blood Sounds melodramatic, and the first half may indeed seem so But for me this play carries a sucker punch The final [...]

  14. It s hard to really like this play, considering it s so painful, especially knowing what happens and reading it again and seeing how genuinely happy things are or at least seem to be on the first page Literature isn t often as courageous as people say it is, but O Neill s play is a remarkably courageous act I doubt I d be willing to memorialize my worst memories and experiences for all time for all to see Not that my experiences were anywhere near as tragic as his which makes his willingness to [...]

  15. Years ago i had a professor who used to tell me that you can t say you read plays if you havent read Eugene O Neil s ones yet He was right.what genuis can write such beautiful piece of art What shattred dramatist can use the sorrow , the tears ,and the blood to write this wonderful play full of pitiless honestY another great work that talks about the importance of the past ,past memories ,past dreams ,and past as it is Yes in the play,The unbearable past haunts everything , even a past that long [...]

  16. Be always drunken Nothing else matters that is the only question If you would not feel the horrible burden of Time weighing on your shoulders and crushing you to the earth, be drunken continually What an utterly beautiful play This is my second of O Neill and I am completely won over Where naturalist and realist fiction takes on life with the sharp gaze of the one who doesn t cringe, symbolist literature says Don t look at me as if I d gone nutty I m talking sense Who wants to see life as it is, [...]

  17. Loved this so much Need to see this play performed.And several other times in my life, when I was swimming far out, or lying alone on a beach, I have had the same experience Became the sun, the hot sand, green seaweed anchored to a rock, swaying in the tide Like a saint s vision of beatitude Like a veil of things as they seem drawn back by an unseen hand For a second you see and seeing the secret, are the secret For a second there is meaning Then the hand lets the veil fall and you are alone, lo [...]

  18. Completely depressing and beautiful After reading this play it is clear why O Neill chose to have it published posthumously because of its autobiographical nature O Neill used his own name for the baby that died young and ended up being the trigger for so much of the family s dysfunction The rich dialogue and intense relationships bring your emotions right into the Tyrone family and their turmoil There was substance abuse in every member of the family It was interesting the different levels of t [...]

  19. You wont like this book unless you have some stodgy English professor explain all the allegorical motifs that come at certain times However, I found this to be a masterpiece Not to be a spoiler, but the wife is addicted to Morphine and her sons are alcoholics Uplifting story it isn t, but the way it is crafted and acted out was way ahead of it s time This might be the one time you can watch the video and then read it Either way, this was one Eugene s best including the Ice Man Cometh.

  20. A volte sorprendente in quali vicoli ciechi ci pu portare l inerzia Come nella famiglia Tyrone, in cui nessuno fa nulla per uscire dal circolo vizioso che si crea a rivangare e rivangare e pensare a se stessi, gli altri, passato, presente e futuro sempre seduti su una sedia, mentre fuori regna la nebbia In realt la riflessione che diventa paralitica stato un argomento trattato in maniera trionfante in Amleto, non ho ancora letto un libro che ne parlasse meglio Ma qui siamo ad uno stadio ancora s [...]

  21. Long Day s Journey Into Night by Eugene O NeillThis is an outstanding play And that should have been the end of the review.What can you add, and why waste someone s time with some words which cannot possibly contribute to an already established, acclaimed work I am not sure who, if anybody reads past the first two sentences, but my original plan had my family in mind daughter not wife she never listens to me when I talk, why would she go to the trouble of accessing or my blog realini to read ab [...]

  22. Everything looked and sounded unreal Nothing was what it is That s what I wanted to be alone with myself in another world where truth is untrue and life can hide from itself.Okay, that was so good But really depressing It s a little difficult to read sometimes, because it s so realistic and, of course, tends to be painful This is a story of a family who slowly descends to ruin a domestic tragedy that will truly reverberate in the hearts of the readers Enter Mary, the mother of two sons, an innoc [...]

  23. I had to read this for my 20th Century American Drama Grad class.e play which I also watched actors play in movies via YouTube I especially liked the one where Jack Lennon is playing James Tyrone and Kevin Spacey is playing Jaime Tyrone was interesting because each on the main characters comment on the others addictions but are blind of their own, until the very last act where the three men acknowledge their own issues Mary Tyrone, the mother goes from present to past, high to low, unhappy with [...]

  24. 4.755 starsat s kind of rare And decently unexpected I didn t know what I was getting into though Blatz had called him America s greatest playwright On a side note, for class, I plan to reenact the final scene, starting from Mary s entrance it should be interesting When I think about it, I m not altogether sure why I chose to give this five stars A good many times, I tend to say it d be better onstage, and leave it at that But while this would be, indeed, amazing onstage, it was also an amazing [...]

  25. Cl ssico absoluto do teatro do s culo XX, Jornada Para a Noite Hist ria de uma fam lia desfeita, de fantasmas, de mortos vivos que partilham a mesma casa e, em consequ ncia, as mesmas mem rias e pesadelos As rela es familiares e o conflito de gera es ganham, assim, outros contornos, v rias armadilhas, e surpresas constantes.

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