STAGE editor Hiram Motherwell (1888 – 1945) examined the meteoric rise of playwright Eugene O'Neill (1888 – 1953) and asked, 'What can he do next?'
"Eugene O'Neill 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?"
In celebration of being awarded a Pulitzer Prize for having written the best American play of 1920 ("Beyond the Horizon"), theater critic Walter Prichard Eaton (1878 – 1957) saw fit to slip playwright Eugene O'Neill his back hand with a double-dose of venomous criticism:
"...O'Neill's work to date remains intellectually and spiritually thin."
If you would like to read a 1935 magazine article about the many successes of Eugene O'Neil, click here.
A marvelous interview with the thirty-four year old playwright, Eugene O'Neill (1888 – 1953) -coincidentally published just as it seemed his stock was on the rise.
Click here to read a 1930s article about Eugene O'Neill.