Eugene O'Neill: A Moon for the Misbegotten
May you have your wish and die in your sleep soon, Jim, darling. May you rest forever in forgiveness and peace.
Josie Hogan, A Moon For The Misbegotten
A Moon for the Misbegotten is an elegy for O'Neill's older brother, Jamie, whose restless life was filled with remorse and self-loathing, Devastated by the death of their mother in 1922, he relapsed into alcoholism and died the following year. Estranged from his brother, Eugene did not attend the funeral.
In A Moon for the Misbegotten, O'Neill extends a benediction to Jamie through one of his most memorable
characters, Josie Hogan. She is a larger-than-life woman of the earth who, by play's end, achieves
the stature of an Earth Mother. Following a night of searing self-disclosure, Josie's selfless love gently
ushers Jamie to the threshold of death. Wrapped in her arms, asleep on her breast, he is relieved
of his pain and granted the rest and forgiveness he seeks. O'Neill's final dramatic image is of a woman
whose love envelops and blesses all the misbegotten of the earth.
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Location. 37° 49.237′ N, 121° 59.787′ W. Marker is in Danville, California, in Contra Costa County. Marker is on Front Street, on the right when traveling south. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Danville CA 94526, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Eugene O'Neill: Long Day's Journey into Night (here, next to this marker); Eugene O'Neill: The Iceman Cometh (here, next to this marker); Eugene O'Neill: The Tao House Plays (a few steps from this marker); Eugene O'Neill: Carlotta and Gene (within shouting distance of this marker); Eugene O'Neill: The Nobel Prize (within shouting distance of this marker); Eugene O'Neill (within shouting distance of this marker); Eugene O'Neill: O'Neill in Danville (within shouting distance of this marker); The Grange and Fraternal Hall (1874) (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Danville.
More about this marker. This is one of eight O'Neill-related markers that are located in the Eugene O'Neill Commemorative Park, across the street from the library.
Also see . . . A Moon for the Misbegotten (Wikipedia). "A Moon for the Misbegotten is a play by Eugene O'Neill. The play is a sequel to O'Neill's Long Day's Journey into Night, with the Jim Tyrone character as an older version of Jamie Tyrone. He began drafting the play late in 1941, set it aside after a few months and returned to it a year later, completing the text in 1943 – his final work, as his failing health made it physically impossible for him to write. The play premiered on Broadway in 1947 and has had four Broadway revivals, plus a West End engagement." (Submitted on July 31, 2020.)
Credits. This page was last revised on July 31, 2020. It was originally submitted on July 31, 2020, by Andrew Ruppenstein of Sacramento, California. This page has been viewed 52 times since then and 8 times this year. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on July 31, 2020, by Andrew Ruppenstein of Sacramento, California.