Eugene O'Neill: The Nobel Prize
I feel so deeply that it is not only my work which is being honored, but the work of all my colleagues in America - that the Nobel Prize is a symbol of the coming of age of the American Theatre.
Eugene O'Neill, Nobel Prize acceptance speech, 1936
Eugene O'Neill is the only American playwright to have been awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature. Three of his plays had won him the Pulitzer Prize in the 1920s - Beyond the Horizon, Anna Christie, and Strange Interlude. Other popular successes which propelled him to international fame included The Emperor Jones, The Hairy Ape, Desire Under the Elms, Marco Millions, The Great God Brown, Mourning Becomes Electra, and Ah, Wilderness!
But three plays, written when he lived in Danville from 1937 to 1944, tower over the others:
The Iceman Cometh, Long Day's Journey into Night, and A Moon for the Misbegotten. Long Day's Journey into Night earned him a fourth Pulitzer Prize, awarded posthumously in 1957.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Arts, Letters, Music. A significant historical year for this entry is 1936.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Eugene O'Neill (here, next to this marker); Eugene O'Neill: Carlotta and Gene (here, next to this marker); Eugene O'Neill: O'Neill in Danville (here, next to this marker); Eugene O'Neill: The Tao House Plays (a few steps from this marker); Eugene O'Neill: The Iceman Cometh (within shouting distance of this marker); Eugene O'Neill: Long Day's Journey into Night (within shouting distance of this marker); Eugene O'Neill: A Moon for the Misbegotten (within shouting distance of this marker); The Grange and Fraternal Hall (1874) (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Danville.
More about this marker. This marker is one of eight O'Neill-related markers strung out along the path in O'Neill Commemorative Park, opposite the Danville Public Library.
Also see . . . The Nobel Prize in Literature 1936 (nobelprize.org). "The Nobel Prize in Literature 1936 was awarded to Eugene Gladstone O'Neill "for the power, honesty and deep-felt emotions of his dramatic works, which embody an original concept of tragedy....Eugene O'Neill received his Nobel Prize one year later, in 1937. During the selection process in 1936, the Nobel Committee for Literature decided that none of the year's nominations met the criteria as outlined in the will of Alfred Nobel. According to the Nobel Foundation's statutes, the Nobel Prize can in such a case be reserved until the following year, and this statute was then applied. Eugene O'Neill therefore received his Nobel Prize for 1936 one year later, in 1937." (Submitted on July 29, 2020.)
Credits. This page was last revised on July 29, 2020. It was originally submitted on July 29, 2020, by Andrew Ruppenstein of Sacramento, California. This page has been viewed 120 times since then and 42 times this year. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on July 29, 2020, by Andrew Ruppenstein of Sacramento, California.