A glimpse into the life of the famous American playwright known for "The Iceman Cometh" and "Lazarus Laughed," using archival documents, photographs, and rare film footage.
"Famous Authors" examines the men and women behind the words that brought them literary kudos. In "Eugene O'Neill," viewers learn how the playwright of such works as "The Iceman Cometh" and "Mourning Becomes Electra" shook up the 20th century American theater and ultimately garnered international acclaim, including a Nobel Prize for literature. O'Neill had a gift for incorporating philosophical ideas and political commentary in his plays, but never at the expense of his characters' human traits, good or bad. He explored topics such as materialism, sexual tension, familial love and betrayal, and racial discrimination, to name but a few.