What was the impact on society of Long Day's Journey into Night at the time was written?

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Long Day's Journey into Night was written between 1939 and 1941, but was only published and performed in 1956, three years after O' Neil's death. The play was an immediate success and made a crucial contribution to the critical reassessment of the author after the failures of The Iceman Cometh (1946) and A Moon for the Misbegotten (written in 1943, performed in 1947). Long Day's Journey into Night is considered an American classic.

The play is heavily and candidly autobiographical so that members of the O'Neil's family can be easily recognized in the characters of the play. Like...

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