AP Reading List – Book-A-Day: Long Day’s Journey Into Night

Author:  Eugene O’Neill

Category:  Drama

Overview: A Pulitzer Prize winning play that focuses on one day, of many days, in the life of a dysfunctional family who are dealing with disappointment, sickness, and addiction.

What they’re saying in the Prepwise staff room:

Chris: “A heartbreaking account of the effect that addiction has on a family who genuinely care about each other.  Just say yes.  The end of this play always makes me cry.”

Ethan: “For those that think today’s movies are bold compared to the culture of the 1950’s, you may want to consult Long Day’s Journey into Night first.”

Karen: “This four act play takes place in one day and is semi-autobiographical. The main theme of the play is addiction and the dysfunction, conflict and resentment that it brings to a family.”


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