Eugene O’Neill is Defied By His Wife

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On this day in 1941, on his twelfth wedding anniversary, Eugene O’Neill presented the just-finished manuscript of Long Day’s Journey Into Night to his wife, Carlotta, with a touching dedication. He later instructed his wife and his publisher that the play could not be printed until 25 years after his death, and not performed ever — instructions which Carlotta overrode almost as soon as she got the chance.

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