Theater: Drama of Souls

THE GREAT GOD BROWN

by EUGENE O'NEILL

A playwright's middle plays sometimes resemble a man's middle age. He has lost something of the initial impetus, vigor and enthusiasm of his youth. He has also become somewhat skeptical of the ardent loves and rock-sure beliefs that are the trusted absolutes of the young. Yet he is not old enough in years for the long view, the contemplative wisdom which encompasses the entire life span of existence.

For Eugene O'Neill, the early period was his one-act sea plays. O'Neill's almost mystic affinity for the sea was probably...

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