Long Day's Journey into Night

Cast: 2f 3m

Staging: Single interior set

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Paperback, 128 pages ISBN: 9781854591029Publication Date:
6 Jun 1991
Size: 198mm x 129mm£9.99 £7.99You save £2.00 (20%)
First Staged:
Royal Dramatic Theatre, Stockholm, 1956

Long Day's Journey into Night

By Eugene O'Neill

Paperback £9.99£7.99

  • 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 shattering masterpiece... a truly great play, perhaps the greatest American play of them all'

Time Out

'One of the great family dramas of 20th-century American theatre, full of pathos and ruined grandeur'

Evening Standard

'Eugene O'Neill's masterpiece'

The Times

'The apex of classic American dysfunction family dramas... the ultimate family reckoning'


'A slow-burn marvel with one of the mightiest father figures in the 20th-century American canon'


'A great chorale of loss, loneliness and waste... in its brutal honesty and its elegiac understanding it has a remarkable capacity to speak to all times, all places and all families'


'A great, bloody slab of American family drama... a monumental testament to domestic agony'

The Stage

'An incredibly astute account of addiction and the impact it has on a family... profoundly moving'


'O'Neill's masterwork... a great, grievous American drama'

Arts Desk

'Theater's most potent study of denial'


'A great, searing hulk of a drama... The granddaddy of so many great American family dramas'

Financial Times

Cast: 2f 3m

Staging:Single interior set

Performing rights not held by Nick Hern Books

Paperback,128 pages ISBN: 9781854591029Publication Date:
6 Jun 1991
Size: 198mm x 129mm£9.99 £7.99You save £2.00 (20%)

Also by Eugene O'Neill:

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

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