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Eugene Gladstone ONeills life is reflected throughout his plays in order to let out his true feelings Eugene ONeill was born in October on the 16 1888 He was born in New York City New York in a hotel on forty-third and Broadway For the first seven years of his life he traveled with his parents James ONeill his father was among the top actors of his time and his mother Ellen Quinlan did not work she only followed James from stage to stage They traveled with the famous melodrama The Count of Monte Cristo which his father acted in Right from the start ONeill was growing up with plays all around him 143 Eugenes early education came from different Catholic schools From 1895-1900 he attended St Aloysius Academy for boys in Riverdale New York and from 1900-1902 he went to De La Salle Institute in New York After the De La Salle Institute he attended a preparatory school Betts Academy in Stanford Connecticut From 1906-1907 he attended Princeton After a year he was kicked out for breaking a window in a stationmasters house Throughout these years of education his home life or life on the road wasnt very good According to George H Jensen in the Dictionary of Literary Biography Eugenes home life was crucial to the plays that he wrote Filled with guilt betrayal and accusations it is sometimes hard to see and sometimes Castellari 2 very easy for us to see Ellen Quinlan ONeill felt betrayal when three months after her marriage James was accused by Nettie Walsh of being her husband and the father of her child Jamie Ellens firstborn passed the measles to Edmund her second born who died shortly afterward Ellen became a drug addict after a doctor gave her morphine while getting better after Eugenes birth Later she blamed her addiction on James her husband She said that he was too miserly to pay
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