Beautiful (and fairly depressing) four-act play by Eugene O'Neill
about the semi-fictional Tyrone
family. It centers on the events of the day both that the youngest Tyrone, Edmund
, is diagnosed with consumption
and that Mary Tyrone
returns from the sanatorium
for treatment of her morphine
addiction. As the play moves towards its particularly gripping climax, things get more and more stressful on the family, eventually leading members to tear mercilessly at each other's faults, revive ancient complaints, and, above all, fall back into old, time-worn patterns.
This play was apparently so personal that O'Neill
postponed its production until after his own death. An intensely moving work.