Eugene Gladstone O'Neill
(16 October 1886 - 27 November 1953) was an American playwright,
and Nobel laureate in Literature.
His plays are among the first to introduce into
American drama the techniques of realism,
associated with Russian playwright Anton Chekhov, Norwegian playwright Henrik Ibsen, and Swedish playwright August Strindberg.
His plays were among the first to include speeches in American vernacular.
His plays involve characters who inhabit the fringes of society, engaging in depraved behavior, where they struggle to maintain their hopes and aspirations
but ultimately slide into disillusionment and despair.
O'Neill wrote only one comedy (Ah, Wilderness!):
all his other plays involve some degree of tragedy and personal pessimism.
Beyond the Horizon (1919)
* Supposing I was to tell you that it's just Beauty that's calling me, the beauty of the far off and unknown, the mystery and spell of the East which lures me in the books I've read, the need of the freedom of great wide spaces, the joy of wandering on and on -- in quest of the secret which is hidden over there, beyond the horizon?
o Robert: Act 1, Scene 1
* You mustn't feel sorry for me. Don't you see I'm happy at last -- free -- free! -- freed from the farm -- free to wander on and on -- eternally! Look! Isn't it beautiful beyond the hills? I can hear the old voices calling me to come -- And this time I'm going! It isn't the end. It's a free beginning -- the start of my voyage! I've won to my trip -- the right of release -- beyond the horizon! Oh, you ought to be glad -- glad -- for my sake!
o Robert: Act 3, Scene 2