This is a synthetic collection that includes manuscripts, letters and photographs, as well as manuscripts and letters relating to the author. The material covers the years 1914-1963 with the bulk of the material dating from 1914-1916. A significant part of the collection consists of 60 letters, 13 poems and 7 snapshots that were the property of the recipient, Mrs. Beatrice Ashe Maher of New London, Connecticut. The letters were written between 1914 and 1915 with one exception that dates from July, 1916. During this period, O'Neill was taking a playwriting course at Harvard University with Professor George Pierce Baker and his first book, Thirst and Other One-Act Plays, was being published. O'Neill met Miss Ashe in 1914 when she was not quite 18 and he was 25. The topics covered in the letters include discussions of the author's work, personal hopes, ambitions and health. The bulk of the poems are love poems written to Miss Ashe.
Citation/reference: Listed in Dictionary Catalog of the Henry W. and Albert A. Berg Collection of English and American Literature. Boston, G. K. Hall, 1969-1983, 5 vols, plus 2 supplements. See Vol 3 pp 408-410 and the 1st supplement pp 373-375.
Biographical/historical: Eugene Gladstone O'Neill (1888 - 1953) was the first dramatist and second American ever to win a Nobel Prize (1936) for Literature. Four of his plays, Beyond the Horizon, Anna Christie, Strange Interlude, and Long Day's Journey Into Night were awarded Pulitzer Prizes.
Date: The bulk of the collection was created 1914-1916.