Long Day's Journey into Night
Paperback, 128 pages ISBN: 9781854591029Publication Date:
6 Jun 1991
Size: 198mm x 129mm£8.99 £7.19You save £1.80 (20%)
First Staged:
Royal Dramatic Theatre, Stockholm, 1956

Long Day's Journey into Night

By Eugene O'Neill

Paperback £8.99£7.19

There is limited availability of this title. Please enquire before placing your order.
On Stage at:
Wyndham's Theatre, West End
From Tue 19 Mar 2024 to Sat 8 Jun 2024
  • Best Play, Tony Awards
  • Pulitzer Prize for Drama - 1957

A true modern classic from one of the twentieth century's most significant writers, Long Day's Journey into Night is an intensely autobiographical, magnificently tragic portrait of the author's own family - a play so acutely personal that he insisted it was not published until after his death.

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, living 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.

'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

Eugene O'Neill's play Long Day's Journey into Night was written in 1939-41, and first published in 1956 (after O'Neill's death in 1953). It was first performed at the Royal Dramatic Theatre, Stockholm, in February 1956, and had its first American production at Helen Hayes Theater, New York, in November that year. It won the Tony Award for Best Play, and O'Neill was posthumously awarded the 1957 Pulitzer Prize for Drama.

This edition includes a full introduction, biographical sketch and chronology.

Press Quotes

'A piercingly autobiographical vision of a family bent on self-destruction'

Evening Standard

'Eugene O'Neill's masterpiece'

The Times

'What never ceases to astonish is the dizzying emotional contradiction of O'Neill's characters. Within a tight classical structure, they bounce around like pinballs between reality and illusion... leaves you emotionally pulverised'


'A semi-autobiographical masterpiece... [has] an emotional truth that is utterly devastating'


'Eugene O'Neill's greatest play... [has a] horribly uncomfortable power. The family's arguments suck you in, forcing you to become a fifth member whose loyalties are endlessly called on in a shifting game of 'Who ruined whose life?''

Time Out London
Paperback,128 pages ISBN: 9781854591029Publication Date:
6 Jun 1991
Size: 198mm x 129mm£8.99 £7.19You save £1.80 (20%)

Also by Eugene O'Neill:

The Hairy Ape & All God's Chillun Got Wings
Strange Interlude
The Great God Brown
Mourning Becomes Electra
The Iceman Cometh
The Hairy Ape
A Touch of the Poet
Anna Christie
Ah! Wilderness
The Emperor Jones
Desire Under the Elms
A Moon for the Misbegotten
Anna Christie & The Emperor Jones: two plays
Desire Under the Elms & The Great God Brown
All God's Chillun Got Wings

Go to author page...

Similar Titles
A hugely-acclaimed black comedy exposing the dark side of the Midwestern American family. 
A penetrating play about belonging, family and the limitations of communication.
James Joyce's only play, a startlingly modern portrait of a marriage.
A funny, touching and at times savage portrait of a family loosing its grip, examining the fate of the revolutionary...
A gripping new version of Strindberg's masterly, darkly hilarious depiction of the struggles and strains of marriage....
The extraordinary musical by Conor McPherson, set in a 1930s Minnesota guesthouse, full of hope, heartbreak and soul,...