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Anna Christie

Eugene O'Neill

Book Overview: 

Eugene O'Neill's drama Anna Christie was first produced on Broadway in 1921. It focuses on three main characters: Chris Christopherson, a Swedish captain of a coal barge and longtime seaman, his daughter Anna, who has grown up separated from her father on a Minnesota farm, and Mat Burke, an Irish stoker who works on steamships. At the beginning of the play Chris and Anna are reunited after fifteen years apart. Anna comes to live on her father's coal barge, but hides the secret of her past from him. When she meets Mat after an accident in the fog, they almost immediately fall in love - but Anna finds that forging a new future will not be easy.

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Book Excerpt: 
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ANNA—[Pleased.] I'm glad to hear it. Then you think's he'll stake me to that rest cure I'm after?

MARTHY—[Emphatically.] Surest thing you know. [Disgustedly.] But where'd yuh get the idea he was a janitor?

ANNA—He wrote me he was himself.

MARTHY—Well, he was lyin'. He ain't. He's captain of a barge—five men under him.

ANNA—[Disgusted in her turn.] A barge? What kind of a barge?

MARTHY—Coal, mostly.

ANNA—A coal barge! [With a harsh laugh.] If that ain't a swell job to find your long lost Old Man working at! Gee, I knew something'd be bound to turn out wrong—always does with me. That puts my idea of his giving me a rest on the bum.

MARTHY—What d'yuh mean?

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Anna Christie: A Play in Four Acts, Eugene O'Neill
Anna Christie is a play in four acts by Eugene O'Neill. It made its Broadway debut at the Vanderbilt Theatre on November 2, 1921. O'Neill received the 1922 Pulitzer Prize for Drama for this work.
تاریخ نخستین خوانش: پنجم ماه آگوست سال 1976 میلادی
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Standard naturalist topics (prostitution, dysfunctional families, alcohol) but with an unusually happy ending.

مسرحية درامية مفعمة بالمشاعر، في ثمانين صفحة فقط يناقش أونيل الفقر وعلاقة الأب بابنته والدين والحب بحوار رائع ومميز، المسرحية فقيرة في مشاهدها ولا تمثل تحدي يذكر لمن يرغب في تقديمها على المسرح ولكنها في حاجة لممثلين على أعلى مستوى لأن تعتمد أساساً على الحوار المفعم بالمشاعر. على غير العادة نهاية...more

Most people know Anna Christie as the Garbo movie where the actress demanded "Give me a whiskey, ginger ale on the side --and don't be stingy, baby."

The acerbic line comes straight from O'Neill's play, but the real salt comes from Anna's father, a cartoonish sailor with lines written in Swedish C...more

As is the case with Eugene O'Neil's plays, Anna Christie is sad, depressing and makes you run for whiskey just like the way Greta Garbo immortalized the line: "Give me a whiskey, ginger ale on the side and don't be stingy, baby."

Just another one of O'Neil's mediocre early works. The story is pretty good, although I could have done without the over-the-top happy ending. It gets bogged down by the same problem that haunts much of O'Neill's work. His insistence on forcing the accents on the page. Yes, I understand he is wri...more

This award winning play by Eugene O'Neill was brought to the stage in the 1920's in both New York and London. It has been revived several times over the years and was also made into a movie. It's the story of a young girl returning home to her seafaring father, trying to rebuild her life, trying...more

And it has even an extraordinary happy enfing!!!

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