Early Plays

Early Plays

Written by:
Introduction by: Jeffrey H. Richards

Additional Formats
  • Paperback
  • ISBN 9780141186702
  • 448 Pages
  • Penguin Classics
  • Adult


This volume brings to readers a selection of Eugene O’Neill’s early work, written between 1914 and 1921 and produced for the stage between 1916 and 1922. Included here are: seven one-act plays, The Moon of the Caribbees, Bound East for Cardiff, In the Zone, The Long Voyage Home, Ile, Where the Cross Is Made, and The Rope; and five full-length plays, Beyond the Horizon, The Straw, Anna Christie, and the classics The Emperor Jones and The Hairy Ape. The majority of the plays are heavily influenced by German expressionism-Freud, Nietzsche, Strindberg, and the radical leftist politics in which O’Neill was involved during his youth. Included in this unique collection is the little known and highly autobiographical play, The Straw, which draws on O’Neill’s confinement in the Gaylord Farm Sanatorium.
Early Plays

Early Plays

Written by: Eugene O’Neill, Introduction by: Jeffrey H. Richards


Pulitzer Prize for Drama – winner

Table of Contents

Early PlaysIntroduction by Jeffrey H. Richards
A Note on the Texts
Selected Bibliography

The Moon of the Caribbees
Bound East for Cardiff
The Long Voyage Home
In the Zone
Where the Cross Is Made
The Rope
Beyond the Horizon
The Straw
The Emperor Jones
Anna Christie
The Hairy Ape