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Book Title: A Moon for the Misbegotten|
The author of the book: Eugene O'Neill
ISBN 13: 9780394712369
Edition: Vintage Books
Date of issue: September 19th 2000
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In the cannon of Eugene O'Neill's plays, A Moon for the Misbegotten is uniquely funny and poignant.
In A Moon for the Misbegotten we revisit James Tyrone, Jr., the son from Long Day's Journey Into Night. Tyrone visits the home of his tenant farmer, Phil Hogan. There he encounters Hogan’s magnetic daughter, Josie. It’s been years since the two have seen each other. During one moonlit night, as the love-struck Josie seems to claim him as her own, the drunken Jamie drowns in a wave of self-pity and remorse. When dawn comes both the moon and the man are gone, leaving Josie with a new challenge to her already broken heart’s capacity for infinite love and forgiveness.
Inspired by the unhappy final chapters in the life of O'Neill's ne’er-do-well older brother, James, the play is singular within O'Neill's body of work for its forgiving spirit. Here, O'Neill grants Jamie absolution as he nears the end of a self-destructive existence.
Without a doubt, Josie Hogan is one of the two greatest roles Eugene O'Neill ever wrote for women. She’s a great, big, towering, barefoot Irish woman with a sharp tongue and ruined reputation. It’s a tough role to play in already tough as the play.
A Moon for the Misbegotten illuminates a search for redemption through an unlikely and magnificent love story.
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Read information about the authorEugene Gladstone O'Neill was an American playwright who won the 1936 Nobel Prize in Literature "for the power, honesty and deep-felt emotions of his dramatic works, which embody an original concept of tragedy." More than any other dramatist, O'Neill introduced American drama to the dramatic realism pioneered by Russian playwright Anton Chekhov, Norwegian playwright Henrik Ibsen, and Swedish playwright August Strindberg, and was the first to use true American vernacular in his speeches.
His plays involve characters who inhabit the fringes of society, engaging in depraved behavior, where they struggle to maintain their hopes and aspirations but ultimately slide into disillusionment and despair. O'Neill wrote only one comedy (Ah, Wilderness!): all his other plays involve some degree of tragedy and personal pessimism.
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