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date: 19 November 2019

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This essay focuses on the career of the American playwright Eugene O’Neill, from his early years as a maker of one-act naturalistic melodramas through the transition to his important experimental phase and on to the critical acclaim of his last plays. It discusses how his family and personal problems informed his drama, and it highlights the significance of his experimental dramas in overcoming the limitations of the experimental label through the posthumous critical success of his later works. This essay also analyzes some of his most notable plays, including The Iceman Cometh, Long Day’s Journey into Night, and A Moon for the Misbegotten.

Keywords: Eugene O’Neill, naturalism, melodrama, American playwright, experimental dramas, The Iceman Cometh, Moon for the Misbegotten

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