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Eugene Gladstone O'Neill , Stacy Keach , Geraldine Fitzgerald
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July 2000
Soon to be seen in a major West End revival, with David Suchet as James Tyrone. An intensely autobiographical, magnificently tragic portrait of O'Neill's own family; a play so acutely personal that he insisted it was not published until after his death (although written in 1939-41, it wasn't performed in the US until 1967). Long Day's Journey into Night is a true modern classic from one of the twentieth century's most significant writers, and has been described as a dark side to the earlier play Ah! Wilderness.

One single day in the Tyrones' Connecticut home. James Tyrone Snr. is a miser, a talented actor who even squanders his talent in an undemanding role; eldest son Jamie is an affable, whoremongering alcoholic and confirmed ne'er-do well; youngest son Edmund is poetic, sensitive, suffering from a respiratory condition and deep-seated disillusionment; and their mother, Mary, lives in a haze of self-delusion and morphine addiction. Existing together under this roof, and the profound weight of the past, they subtly tear one another apart, shred by shred.

This edition includes a full introduction, biographical sketch and chronology.
--This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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  • Audio Cassette
  • Publisher: Caedmon; Unabridged edition (July 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0694523461
  • ISBN-13: 978-0694523467
  • Product Dimensions: 12.6 x 14.2 x 0.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 4,569,816 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Set in 1912, the year of O'Neill's own attempted suicide, it is an attempt to understand himself and those to whom he was irrevocably tied by fate and by love. It is the finest and most powerful play to have come out of America. --Christopher Bigsby --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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This powerful play is a dramatized autobiography of the great American playwright, Eugene O'Neill, winner of the Pulitzer Prize for Drama and the Nobel Prize for Literature. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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23 of 23 people found the following review helpful
The great bulk of Eugene O'Neill's work was done between about 1914 and 1933, a period which saw him win Pulitzer Prizes for Beyond The Horizon, Anna Christie, and Strange Interlude as well as create The Emperor Jones, The Hairy Ape, Desire Under the Elms, The Great God Brown, and Mourning Becomes Electra. But around 1933 O'Neill--who struggled against physical ailments, alcoholism, and a host of personal demons--fell silent.
Although O'Neill was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1936, he would remain silent for some ten years, leaving most to believe he had written himself out, was burned out, that his career was over. But in spite of tremendous personal issues, O'Neill continued to write in private, and during this period he would generate a string of powerful plays, many of which would not be released for performance until after his death in 1953. The legendary Long Day's Journey Into Night, closely based on his own family life, was written in the early 1940s. It was first performed in 1956--some three years after his death--at which time it too won the Pulitzer Prize.
The play presents the story of the Tyrone family. James Tyrone is a famous stage actor, now aging; his wife Mary is a delicately beautiful but sadly worn woman named Mary. Their two sons are studies in contrast: Jamie, in his late 30s, is wild--fond of wine, women, and song--and seen as a bad influence on younger Edmund, who is physically frail but intellectually sharp. The action takes place at their summer home, and begins in the morning; the family seems happy enough--but clearly there is something we do not know, something working under the surface that gives an unnatural quality to their interaction.
Over the four acts and next four hours the morning passes into afternoon, the afternoon into night.
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When Eugene O'Neill wrote this play in 1940, it was so autobiographical that O'Neill requested it not be published until twenty-five years after his death. When he died in 1953, all the other characters in the play had also died, however, and his wife allowed the play's publication in 1956. Despite O'Neill's three previous Pulitzer Prizes and his Nobel Prize for Literature in 1936, it is this play (also a Pulitzer winner) that he regarded as his most important work, an assessment with which historians and theatre-goers universally agree. Many (and I am one) also believe it is the greatest American play ever written.
Long Day's Journey Into Night is a complete theatrical experience, satisfying on every level. Recreating his own family and its interactions, O'Neill's emotional connection with the characters is obvious in the roundness of their characterizations: there are no villains or heroes here. James Tyrone, modeled on his father, is an actor who found the "perfect play," resulting in years of travel performing the same role. Permanently typecast and by now bored, James has earned a substantial salary but is considered a tightwad, unable to escape his memories of poverty. Mary Tyrone, his wife, to whom he is devoted, traveled with him when he performed, often leaving the children with family members. When her youngest child died in her absence, she blamed everyone for this accident. Edmund, modeled on O'Neill himself, was born after this, but Mary never recovered, and when an incompetent doctor prescribed drugs, she became blissfully addicted.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A powerful play!!! 3 April 2012
By Pharoah
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I read and studied this play as I was using it for my monologue, and it is an absolutely amazing play.

Even though there is not alot of action in the play, the characters and writing keep you reading throughout. One thing that I especially liked was that from the very beginning you can see that the characters are not one dimensional but have so many layers of emotions and purpose - the characters are really alive though that may be because it's an autobiographical play. In my opinion, playwrights who have been through so much and have had such profound life experiences, are able to effectively bring that experience and emotion and inject it into their work which results in well-rounded, relatable and believable characters. In this regard, another favourite of mine is Tennessee William's The Glass Menagerie which again is autobiographical and textually and emotionally very rich.

In all, it's a great emotionally charged and powerful play!
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Undoubtedly one of America's greatest playwrights, Eugene O'Neill's power lies in his ability to understand the complexities of the human psyche (and thereby create realistic and believable characters). "Long Day's Journey Into Night" is the best example of this talent, exploring the relationships between members of the Tyrone family (James, Edmond, Jamie and Mary) . Mary has become a morphine addict due to prescriptions by the family's "quack" doctor, and as the characters struggle to cope with her addiction, underlying grievances and contempt for one another are exposed. The emotional power of the work is immense. The terrible things that members of a family will do to one another are presented in a relentless and yet compassionate honesty and it is difficult not to be moved by the struggles of the Tyrone family. As a study of family, it is surely an unsurpassed work embued with a realism and truth that many will find remarkably 'close-to-home'. If we consider that the work is autobiographical in nature, this sense of realism can be more fully appreciated. O'Neill wrote the play in an attempt to understand himself and those to whom he was irrevocably tied by fate and by love. The humanity that the play displays because of this enhances the pain and emotional impact that "Long Day's Journey Into Night" is capable of. The play is O'Neill's greatest triumph, and it is not surprising that he was awarded the Nobel Prize for literature if works such as this are anything to go by.
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