Eugene O’Neill not a fan of Charlie Chaplin

That’s a fun fact (although not so fun, but we’ll expand on that later).

Eugene O’Neill (1888-1953) is a renowned playwright who is a Nobel Prize recipient in Literature. It is to be noted that he is America’s only Nobel laureate playwright. He had a pretty interesting life. He married three times and moved many times throughout the years and wrote some of his most famous plays in Danville, CA where he lived in the Tao House with his wife Carlotta. The house is now part of the National Park Service and is known as the Eugene O’Neill National Historic Site.

I didn’t know what to expect and I didn’t even know you had to make a reservation to take the mandatory tour. I highly recommend you do even if are not passionate about literature. The views from the house are absolutely gorgeous. However, O’Neill’s story is fascinating and he seemed to be a bit set in his ways. For example, he disowned his daughter Oona for marrying Charlie Chaplin when she was 18 and Chaplin was 54. The age gap may have been a bit much… maybe.

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