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Eugene O'Neill Collection

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Held at: Princeton University Library: Manuscripts Division [Contact Us]

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O'Neill, Eugene, 1888-1953.

Eugene O'Neill was an American playwright and Nobel Prize winner. Suspended from Princeton University, he spent a number of years at sea. O'Neill's first published play, Beyond the Horizon, opened on Broadway in 1920 to great acclaim, and was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for Drama. His best-known plays include Anna Christie (Pulitzer Prize 1922), Desire Under the Elms (1924), Strange Interlude (Pulitzer Prize 1928), Mourning Becomes Electra (1931), and Long Day's Journey into Night (Pulitzer Prize, 1957).

The collection contains fifteen manuscripts of O'Neill, most of which are first drafts of plays and include preliminary notes. Included is The Web (originally entitled The Cough), the first play written by O'Neill. He notes on the title page of the manuscript that, although he wrote skits for the stage prior to 1913, it was not until that year that he wrote The Web, "the first play I ever wrote." Also included is the original manuscript for "Tomorrow," the only short story by O'Neill ever to be published during his lifetime.

A small addition to the collection includes correspondence, photographs, and printed material of O'Neill. There is correspondence with William M. Agar; Francesco Bianco; Princeton University Librarian (1940-1952) and professor of history, Julian P. Boyd; there is correspondence with Mark Van Doren of the War Bond Committee related to some of O'Neill's original scripts, and to the War Bond Campaign; and there is one letter to Earle V. Rodgers.

Multiple purchases, 1941-1969.

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This collection was processed in 2002. Finding aid written in 2002.

Biography written by Alyxandra Cullen, '09.

No appraisal information is available.

Publisher
Manuscripts Division
Finding Aid Date
2000
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Collection Inventory

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Autograph manuscript, first draft and preliminary notes, 192312 pp., autograph notes for the manuscript, 1 p., autograph descriptive note, 1 p., 1923. 1 folder.
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Autograph manuscript (pencil): 1 page, with typed transcript, dates not examined. 1 folder.
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Autograph manuscript (pencil), first draft, with notes, 1920formerly titled Tides, 15 pp. and 3 pp. of notes, 1920. 1 folder.
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Typescript of pages 9-21 (13 pp.), with TLS by Richard J. Madden (American Play Company) to George Tyler, 1919 June 17. 1 folder.
Scope and Contents

See also: George C. Tyler Papers (TC075), Box 9.

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Photocopy of original manuscript, outline of plot and sketches of scenes, 5 pp., original at Yale University Library, dates not examined. 1 folder.
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Photocopy of original manuscript, winter-spring, 191936 pp., original at Yale University Library, 1919. 1 folder.
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Photocopy of TLS by Donald Gallup (Yale) to Alexander P. Clark (P.U.), 1975 November 20. 1 folder.
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Autograph manuscript (pencil), 7 pp.: preliminary notes and two drawings, 1924. 1 folder.
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Autograph manuscript (pencil), 108 pp., 1924. 1 folder.
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Autograph manuscript (pencil), 8 pp., 1 p. preliminary notes, fall, 1920. 1 folder.
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Autograph manuscript (pencil), 3 pp., preliminary notes with title "The Silver Bullet, The Emperor Jones," 1 p., dates not examined. 1 folder.
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Photostat copy (negative) of the autograph manuscript, 8 pp., 1920 October 2. 1 folder.
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Autograph manuscript (pencil), 16 pp. with 3 pp. of preliminary notes, part I, 1921 February 2parts II - IV, 1921 March 16, 1921 February 2. 1 folder.
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Autograph manuscript (pencil), first draft of longhand script, 15 pp., with 6 pp. of preliminary notes, 1921-1922. 1 folder.
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Proof sheets with autograph corrections, circa 1926 January 30. 1 folder.
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Autograph manuscript (pencil), first draft of longhand script, 16 pp., with 2 pp. of preliminary notes, 1920 winter. 1 folder.
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Autograph manuscript (pencil), first draft of longhand script, 13 pp., with 1 p. of preliminary notes, 1921 December 23. 1 folder.
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Photocopy of typescript, 97 pp. [original in the Library of Congress], dates not examined. 1 folder.
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Autograph manuscript (pencil), first draft of longhand script, 20 pp., with 3 pp. of preliminary notes, fall - winter, 1918-1919. 1 folder.
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Autograph manuscript (pencil), original manuscript of the only short story by O'Neill to be published, 5 pp., 1916and title page with note by O'Neill, May 1944, published in The Seven Arts magazine, 1917, 1916. 1 folder.
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Autograph manuscript, first draft, 1913 (originally entitled The Cough 8 pp., autograph, signed note to the manuscript, 1944 May1 p., typed note about the manuscript by an unidentified person, 1 p., 1944 May. 1 folder.
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Autograph manuscript, longhand first draft with revisions, 52 pp., bound on spine with tape, 1922-1923. 1 folder.
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Clark, Barrett H.: "The Real Background of O'Neill In His "S. S. Glencairn" Group," clipping from unknown newspaper, dates not examined. 1 folder.
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Moore, Eugene: "Eugene O'Neill's Blessed Island, "from the "Atlanta Journal", 1966 May 22. 1 folder.
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"O'Neill Says Soviet Stage Has Realized His Dream," clipping from the "New York Herald Tribune", 1932 June 19. 1 folder.
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Princeton University Library: brochure for "An Exhibition of the Work of Eugene O'Neill", 1943. 1 folder.
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Miscellaneous Clippings, dates not examined. 1 folder.
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Print, Suggest