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A production of Eugene O'Neill's play Long Day's Journey into Night, 1956Eugene O'Neill's prolific career included fifty completed works. In 1936 he was awarded a Nobel Prize in Literature, "for dramatic works of vital energy, sincerity, and intensity of feeling, stamped with an original conception of tragedy."

Browse a list of Eugene O'Neill's completed works, year by year, listed alongside some major historical events.


  • A Wife for a Life
  • The Web
  • Thirst

The brand-new motion picture industry is booming, cranking out 200 reels every week and making former theater actors like Mary Pickford into stars.


  • Recklessness
  • Warnings
  • Bread and Butter
  • Servitude
  • Fog
  • Bound East for Cardiff (first play produced in New York, 1916)
  • Abortion
  • The Movie Man

Striking miners and their families are killed in the Ludlow Massacre in Colorado.


  • The Sniper
  • The Personal Equation

A pioneering -- but racist -- film by D. W. Griffith, Birth of a Nation, premieres.


  • Before Breakfast
  • Now I Ask You

Margaret Sanger is arrested for opening the nation's first birth control clinic.


  • Ile
  • The Long Voyage Home
  • The Moon of the Caribbees
  • In the Zone

President Woodrow Wilson declares war on Germany; the U.S. enters World War I.


  • The Rope
  • Beyond the Horizon (1920 Pulitzer Prize winner)
  • The Dreamy Kid
  • Where the Cross is Made

A devastating influenza epidemic kills over 600,000 Americans.


  • The Straw
  • Chris Christophersen
  • Shell Shock
  • Exorcism (not published)

The First World War ends; President Wilson's plan for an international League of Nations is advanced.


  • Gold
  • Anna Christie (1922 Pulitzer Prize winner)
  • The Emperor Jones
  • Diff'rent

American women win the right to vote.


  • The First Man
  • The Hairy Ape

Socialist labor leader and presidential candidate Eugene V. Debs is released from jail.


  • The Fountain


The Jazz Age, also known as the "Roaring Twenties," is in full swing as Americans embrace city life, new technologies, and exuberant excess.


  • Desire Under the Elms


  • Marco Millions
  • The Great God Brown

Science and religion clash at the Scopes "Monkey" Trial in Dayton, Tennessee, where legendary lawyers Clarence Darrow and William Jennings Bryan go head to head over teaching evolution in the classroom.


  • Lazarus Laughed
  • Strange Interlude (1928 Pulitzer Prize winner)


  • Dynamo

The stock market crashes, ending an era of wild speculation and setting the stage for the Great Depression.


  • Mourning Becomes Electra

Drought and dust storms create a Dust Bowl in the American heartland, bringing calamities that will last nearly a decade.


  • Ah, Wilderness!


  • Days Without End

Adolf Hitler becomes Chancellor of Germany.


  • The Iceman Cometh


At the end of 1941, the U.S. enters World War II following a Japanese surprise attack on Pearl Harbor, Hawaii.



  • A Moon for the Misbegotten
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