Eugene O'Neill Jr.

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Eugene Gladstone O'Neill Jr. (May 5, 1910 – September 25, 1950) was an American professor of Greek literature[1] and son of Nobel Prize-winning playwright Eugene O'Neill.

Early life

O'Neill was son of Eugene's first wife, Kathleen Jenkins.[2] The couple divorced in 1912. O'Neill once said he did not even meet his father until age 12.[2] He graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Yale University in 1932, where he was a member of Skull and Bones secret student society.[1] He earned a PhD in philosophy[2] in 1936.[1]


As a classicist, O'Neill taught at Yale, Fordham University, Sarah Lawrence College, and the New School for Social Research.[1]

Personal life

O'Neill suffered from alcoholism.


On September 25, 1950, in New York, he committed suicide at age 40 by slitting his left wrist and ankle.[2]


  1. ^ a b c d Obituary Record of Graduates of the Undergraduate Schools Deceased During the Year 1950-1951 (PDF). Bulletin of Yale University. 48. January 1, 1952. p. 94. Retrieved 2011-04-28. 
  2. ^ a b c d "Eugene O'Neill Jr. Is Found a Suicide". New York Times. September 26, 1950. p. 21. 

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