Sunday, October 19, 2014

Eugene O'Neill National Historic Site

Front View of the Eugene O'Neill House

Last Thursday afternoon, I visited the Eugene O'Neill National Historic Site (aka Tao House) in Danville, California. What a fabulous literary historic site to visit!!

The Eugene O'Neill National Historic Site is operated by the United States National Park Service and guided tours are given twice daily by park rangers on Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays & Sundays... Self-guided tours are available on Saturdays. Admission is free and advanced reservations are required for guided tours. Click on above link for more information about making reservations.

Eugene O'Neill is the winner of four Pulitzer Prizes and the first American playwright to win the Nobel Prize for Literature! While living at Tao House, O'Neill wrote some of his most famous plays: The Iceman Cometh, Long Day's Journey Into Night, and A Moon for the Misbegotten.

Below are two photos of Eugene O'Neill's office where he wrote his plays while living at Tao House. Visiting O'Neill's office, where he wrote some of his most famous plays was probably the highlight of my visit to Tao House. I loved the smell of old books in the office. The park ranger who gave the tour said that O'Neill owned approximately 8,000 books!!

I enjoyed my guided tour of the Eugene O'Neill National Historic Site a lot. This home is an important piece of American Literary Heritage and I'm honored to have paid a visit to a place filled with such a rich history. 

View of Mount Diablo from Tao House

For all of you literary fans, I hope you are able to pay a visit to the Eugene O'Neill National Historic Site some day in the not so distant future. It's definitely worth the visit.

Until my next post, happy reading!!

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