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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 inand has since sold than one million copies This edition includes a new foreword by Harold BloomThe action covers a fateful, heart rending day from around am to midnight, in Augustat 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 CottageOne 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

  • Paperback
  • 179 pages
  • Long Day's Journey into Night
  • Eugene O'Neill
  • English
  • 07 December 2019
  • 0300093055

About the Author: Eugene O'Neill

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, Wildernessall his other plays involve some degree of tragedy and personal pessimism.



10 thoughts on “Long Day's Journey into Night

  1. Hailey (Hailey in Bookland) Hailey (Hailey in Bookland) says:

    Read for class Nope not a fan

  2. Kenny Kenny says:

    How could you believe me when I can t believe myself I ve become such a liar Eugene O Neill LONG DAY S JOURNEY INTO NIGHT IIii I believe Eugene O Neill s LONG DAY S JOURNEY INTO NIGHT to be the greatest American play ever written, as well as the greatest play of the 20th century It fascinates me that as most playwright s talents wane as they age, O Neill s grew stronger with each passing year To have written LONG DAY S JOURNEY INTO NIGHT, THE ICEMAN COMETH, A MOON FOR THE MISBEGOTTEN,How could you believe me when I can t believe myself I ve become such a liar Eugene O Neill LONG DAY S JOURNEY INTO NIGHT IIii I believe Eugene O Neill s LONG DAY S JOURNEY INTO NIGHT to be the greatest American play ever written, as well as the greatest play of the 20th century It fascinates me that as most playwright s talents wane as they age, O Neill s grew stronger with each passing year To have written LONG DAY S JOURNEY INTO NIGHT, THE ICEMAN COMETH, A MOON FOR THE MISBEGOTTEN, and HUGHIE at the end of his life is a testament to his talent Writing these plays must have been pure hell for O Neill He wrote in longhand, suffering a severe Parkinsons like tremor in his hands which was extremely painful It was impossible for him to write during the last 10 years of his life I can only imagine the works he would have produced had this affliction not robbed us of his talent.LONG DAY S JOURNEY INTO NIGHT focuses on James Tyrone, an aging actor, Mary, his morphine addicted wife, Edmund and Jamie, their two adult sons, both alcoholicsEugene O Neill, his brother Jamie, and his father James on the porch of Monte Cristo Cottage in New London, their summer home.Random thoughts LONG DAY S JOURNEY INTO NIGHT is a ghost play it ismemory than reality As the light moves from day to night during the course of this long painful day, the fog seems to seep through the walls The foghorn a constant reminder of old sorrows As Mary says,The past is the present, isn t it It s the future, too IIiiJames Mary Ella O Neill, Eugene O Neill s parentsLONG DAY S JOURNEY INTO NIGHT is not a linear play Yes, the action moves from day to night, but as the dialogue becomes fueledandby whiskey and morphine, the past is repeated over and over again, becomingvicious,accusatory.There are four addicts living in this house, not one But Mary s addiction leaves her isolated Drinking is socially acceptable, drug addiction is not Drug addiction is mysterious Morphine separates Mary from her family Mary s addiction is dirty.Mary is a master of deceit She even acknowledges this Each and everyone of the Tyrones is fascinating, and each is brilliantly written, complex and real We know these people Again, the past is the present Mary is the most fascinating of the Tyrones She controls and manipulates every moment while she is on stage Yet, Mary is barely in control of herself Mary is cruel in ways the others are not She attacks like a cornered feline.O Neill s language, so simple, so powerful As James says, Edmund does have a touch of the poet in him Eugene O NeillAt the close of the play, all four of the Tyrones are still on stage lost in the past Mary s pastThen in the spring something happened to me Yes, I remember I fell in love with James Tyrone and was so happy for a time IVIt is one of the most beautiful moments in the history of theatre

  3. Brian Brian says:

    None of us can help the things life has done to us Long Day s Journey into Night is considered a classic of American drama, and it deserves that distinction This text is a searing look into the intricacies of family, addiction, jealously, work, health, poverty, wealth and love It has something to say about all of those topics and doing all that successfully is a monumental task in and of itself To do all of that well is astounding.The play follows a day in the life of the Tyrone family H None of us can help the things life has done to us Long Day s Journey into Night is considered a classic of American drama, and it deserves that distinction This text is a searing look into the intricacies of family, addiction, jealously, work, health, poverty, wealth and love It has something to say about all of those topics and doing all that successfully is a monumental task in and of itself To do all of that well is astounding.The play follows a day in the life of the Tyrone family Husband and wife Mary and James, and their two adult sons, Jamie and Edmund Although the play is certainly no comedy there is a black Irish sense of humor that pervades the piece At times, it is unnerving The family is currently living together although each member is very isolated and hiding behind the lies that we all tell ourselves in order to gloss over our weaknesses or failures Every reader will recognize themselves in the denial and lack of self awareness that all humans suffer from to some extent The Tyrone family just happens to be in the nexus of a perfect storm of all of these elements in the moment of the play s action.A huge element of this text are the stage directions and notes, which compose a large part of the play and are massively important to its success as a piece of literature and drama At times, they conveymeaning than some of the dialogue, and that is not a criticism In fact the note stage directions are almost narrative at times, and while reading this play it can feel like a novel.Eugene O Neill never intended for this semi autobiographical play to be performed it was not even published until after his death but we are lucky that it was Its portrait of four people is unnerving in its depth of characterization and just plain ole humanness We will find bits of ourselves in the Tyrone family For good or ill, it is there.As one character says We ve loved each other We always will Let s remember only that, and not try to understand what we cannot understand, or help things that cannot be helped the things life has done to us we cannot excuse or explain That is a plea all of us could make at one time or another.The universal tragedy or power of this play is its exploration of the things that we say and sometimes don t say to the people we love the most

  4. Carol Storm Carol Storm says:

    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 noth 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 nothing is wrong I grew up in a house just like this and I would give everything to be able to put these feelings into words the way Eugene O Neill does in this play There s nothing depressing about reading it because every word just feels honest and natural and there s never any sentimentality I d also like to point out that the characters in this play are all very well educated and the father is a great Shakespearean actor, so the language they use is muchemotional and expressive and even poetic, compared to the drab, flat, lifeless conversations in DEATH OF A SALESMAN, or the unbearably artificial Puritan dialogue in THE CRUCIBLE Who put the fix in to make Arthur Miller the official American playwright Eugene O Neill could kick him deaf, dumb, and blind

  5. Jason Jason says:

    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, add 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, addiction This family is like all others The play exposes a painful calculus between characters, alliances form then change, issues smolder, and rage and reaction to past events is way out of proportion to the origin and manner in which they occurred The family like yours or mine is stuck in a ritual of manuevers around each other s accusations Truths are distorted responsibility shrugged failures are indiscriminately attributed O Neill shows us one day, in a single room, the complex lives in a family Like real life it s hard to uncover single events that started the cascades of destructive family behavior It s the paradox of the chicken or the egg What originally infected the marriage Was it James s miserliness or Mama s weakness to morphine Was it James s drinking or Mama s nervousness Was there, at first, moderation in James s drinking, or did Mama drive him to alcohol Why did the second child die Was it a jealous sibling, a frugal father, or a forgetful mother betrayal, inaction or negligence Who s the sucker A tight wad ninny that repeatedly falls for real estate scams, a neurotic mother that hides from neighbors, or a prodigal son who drops career for drink O Neill uses 4 characters, 16 hours, and a parlor to compress the story There s rising tension from page 1 The characters are trapped, and with years of pent up emotion and issues that perhaps can never be resolved, they become embroiled in a replay of the most painful and explosive vindiction I think a normal person would have walked away in a shout But no, the strength of the play is that O Neill takes it farther He explores the human threshhold and tries to discover an end, if there ever was such a thing It takes the reader past a point of retreat, and plows into unknown places where we would never go in real life This isthan a family fight This is the brink You don t come back from this place unchanged There are charges that once delivered, can never be unsaid Distilled to its essence, Long Days Journey Into Night says this I hate you I tried to kill you we re all mucked up because of you and you and you I no longer love you you can die you ve destroyed my dreams.After reading, I could only side with one character, Edmund, the youngest son, the least hateful, the least repugnant, the shortest in this life to really become mean Yet, ironically, he ll most likely die from consumption Perhaps the irony was O Neill s construction I m left realizing that the most precious in life is fleeting The world is hard, life is harsh And yet, from this 23 year old I get the most beautiful image of life You ve just told me some high spots in your memories Want to hear mine They re all connected with the sea Here s one When I was on the Squarehead square rigger, bound for Buenos Aires Full moon of the Trades The old hooker driving fourteen knots I lay on the bowsprit, facing astern, with the water foaming into spume under me, the masts with every sail white in the moonlight, towering above me I became drunk with the beauty and singing rhythm of it, and for a moment I lost myself actually lost my life I was set free I dissolved in the sea, became white sails and flying spray, became beauty and rhythm, became moonlight and the ship and the high dim starred sky I belonged without past or future, within peace and unity and a wild joy, within something greater than my own life, or the life of Man, to Life itself To God, if you want to put it that way. James Tyrone dadMary mom Jamie son, 33Edmund son, 23 1912

  6. Jennifer Jennifer says:

    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.

  7. Danae Danae says:

    Long Day s Journey into Depression.

  8. Jasmine Jasmine says:

    The fault, dear Brutus, is not in our stars, but in ourselves that we are underlingsLong 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 theThe fault, dear Brutus, is not in our stars, but in ourselves that we are underlingsLong 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 by how well written it is There are four acts in the play, dividing one of the family s ordinary days into four time sections It begins with the family s ordinary morning at 8 30 and then ends with the family s approaching bedtime at roughly 23 30Before you read the following summary, I d want to clarify that it s my personal interpretation of the book so it may or may not be the original idea the author wanted to convey James Tyrone is a successful landlord who earns a great amount of money but is so stingy that he d rather let his sick son, Edmund, go see a quack Since James is rich and apparently, the family doesn t seem to need another salary, Jamie doesn t see the point to keep pursuing his actor career Therefore, he stays at home in the daytime and goes on drinking spree at night Obviously, having fun and flirting with girls are wayexciting than working hard MARY Reprovingly.Your father wasn t finding fault with you You don t have to always take Jamie s part You d think you were the one ten years older.JAMIE Boredly.What s all the fuss about Let s forget it.TYRONE Contemptuously.Yes, forget Forget everything and face nothing It s a convenient philosophy if you re no ambition in life except to MARYJames, do be quiet She puts an arm around his shoulder coaxingly. As an American middle class, it s almost intolerable for your kids to idle away their time when they re supposed to get a job, make both ends meet and take good care of themselves as well as their parents I can totally imagine the frustration James feels when seeing one of his sons fooling around and the other bedridden with deteriorating health We all know that misfortunes never come singly, thus, when Mary finds out she has arthritis, she can t stop reminiscing about her once young and beautiful self, which bothers James evenShe can no longer stand the ugliness of her still prefect hair, the wrinkles on her face and the severity of her paranoia However, the negativity is all in her head James never thinks less of Mary, but somehow she just can t wrap her mind around his thoughtfulness TYRONEMary For God s sake, forget the past MARY With strange objective calm.Why How can I The past is the present, isn t it It s the future, too We all try to lie out of that but life won t let us The most special part in this book is that there s no twist in the story at all Like I said earlier, this book depicts a very ordinary, run of the mill American lifestyle back in the 40s 50s so I believe it s the relatability of the story that draws our attention from the first page At the end of the book, the Tyrone Family appears to be exhausted due to the occasional argument about life, love, job, nothing and everything during the day, so I think James gives up lecturing on Jamie s unpromising behavior, or further worrying about his paranoid wife Perhaps he later realizes it s so much easier to just join his son for a drink and simply forget everything Who knows This doesn t sound like a bad idea, does itBe 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 Drunken with what With wine, with poetry, or with virtue, as you will But be drunkenAll in all, Long Day s Journey into Night is a rather interesting read for me because what happens in the Tyrone Family may or may not occur in real life Again, I m fascinated by the super ordinary yet original concept this play conveys and would like YOU to read it someday I hope you ll find it relatable the way I do and maybe, you ll get inspired by the characters after reading this because, YOU NEVER KNOW

  9. david david says:

    Awesome Visceral. Impassioned Formidable Unexpected..Wow

  10. Mark André Mark André says:

    Interesting read My first O Neill An unhappy family re lives in intoxicated conversations the highs, the lows, the lies, and the fantasies that they all seem to believe have led them to their present morbid state Blame the mother Blame the father Blame the sons Blame society Blame the drugs Blame death, loneliness, and want Very hard to realize, emotionally charged and psychologically complex, directions to the actors Realistic dialogue And very long 3.5 stars rounded up to 4.

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