Play by Play
Eugene 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 brand-new motion picture industry is booming, cranking out 200 reels every week and making former theater actors like Mary Pickford into stars.
Bread and Butter
Bound East for Cardiff (first play produced in New York, 1916)
The Movie Man
Striking miners and their families are killed in the Ludlow Massacre in Colorado.
The Personal Equation
A pioneering — but racist — film by D. W. Griffith, Birth of a Nation, premieres.
Now I Ask You
Margaret Sanger is arrested for opening the nation's first birth control clinic.
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.
Beyond the Horizon (1920 Pulitzer Prize winner)
The Dreamy Kid
Where the Cross is Made
A devastating influenza epidemic kills over 600,000 Americans.
Exorcism (not published)
The First World War ends; President Wilson's plan for an international League of Nations is advanced.
Anna Christie (1922 Pulitzer Prize winner)
The Emperor Jones
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.
All God's Chillun Got Wings
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
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.
Strange Interlude (1928 Pulitzer Prize winner)
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.
Days Without End
Adolf Hitler becomes Chancellor of Germany.
The Iceman Cometh
Long Day's Journey Into Night (1957 Pulitzer Prize winner)
At the end of 1941, the U.S. enters World War II following a Japanese surprise attack on Pearl Harbor, Hawaii.
A Touch of the Poet
A Moon for the Misbegotten