"excited talks about Ibsen and Shaw and O'Neil"

A Norwegian playwright and poet of the 19th century, Henrik Ibsen was considered one of the founders of Modernism in the theatre. Through his plays he examined and challenged conventional Victorian values and morality, giving many of his works a scandalous reputation.

Eugene O'Neill
Public DomainEugene O'Neill - Credit: Carl Van Vechten
George Bernard Shaw (1856-1950) was an Irish playwright. During his lifetime, he wrote more than 60 plays. Many of his plays focus on the main social issues of the time, including education, marriage and religion, but integrate comedic elements that make them more approachable.

Born in 1888, Eugene O'Neill was an American playwright. He is considered to have introduced realism to American drama. O'Neill's works typically included themes of tradgedy and despair, with immoral characters that are often struggling in society. He was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1936.