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The Emperor Jones Summary
Eugene O'Neill

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The Emperor Jones Summary


The Emperor Jones was part of an amazing first year for O'Neill as a Broadway playwright. His very first Broadway play, Beyond the Horizon, had appeared in February of 1920 and eventually won him the Pulitzer Prize for drama, but The Emperor Jones was so successful in its Off-Broadway production in November that it moved to Broadway by the end of the same year and became another high-profile success for the newly acclaimed playwright. By 1930, at the end of an astoundingly productive first decade, O'Neill was widely recognized as America's greatest dramatist.

The Emperor Jones was also the first of several experiments with Expressionism for O'Neill. O'Neill found inspiration for Expressionism in the work of Swedish playwright August Strindberg (1849-1912), whose A Dream Play (1902) and The Ghost Sonata (1907) explored and represented on stage complex states of mind, eschewing realistic style and imitating instead the fluid associative structure of human consciousness...

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