Eugene Gladstone O’Neill was born October 16, 1888 in a hotel room off Broadway, in what is now Times Square, to a stage actor father. You might say theatre ran in his veins.
In his early twenties he dedicated his life to writing plays. He began with one act plays; soon he was writing full-length plays. But it was February 2, 1920 that he truly caught our attention. February 2, 1920 Beyond the Horizon, debuted at the Morosco Theatre in New York. The Play would go on to win him the 1920 Pulitzer Prize for drama–the first of four Pulitzers won in his lifetime.
Of course, his life was every bit the drama portrayed on the stage. Despite the fact he remains one of America’s most celebrated playwrights, his life possessed the makings of a great tragedy.
. . . in a nutshell, you see.
If you’d care to delve deeper into the life and work of Eugene O’Neill, check out PBS American Experience & Eugene O’Neil.