The celebrated editor of Stage, Hiram Motherwell (1888 – 1945), examined the meteoric rise of playwright Eugene O'Neill (1888 – 1953) and asked, "What can he do next?"
"Eugene O'Neil is now forty-seven. His plays have just been enshrined in the "definitive edition," handsome, ingratiating, expensive. They are probably more widely discussed than those of any other living playwright. They have been produced in almost every city from Moscow west to Tokyo. They have been translated into more languages. And yet it is evident that O'Neil, standing on the crest of this superb eminence, has completed a cycle; come to a momentous turning in the path his creative genius has followed. Where will the path lead?"
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