Who is Eugene O'Neill?

  O’Neill is one of America’s most important playwrights having championed a style of dramatic tragedy that continues to influence modern American drama. Having arrived in Sea Island in 1932 with already three Pulitzer prizes to his name, O’Neill later went on to win the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1936 and a posthumous Pulitzer for Long Days Journey Into Night.  
  How long did O'Neill and Carlotta live on Sea Island?   The O’Neills purchased their beachfront lot in November of 1931, and immediately contracted Francis Abreu to build them a home. The couple moved in on June 22nd 1932 and officially christened it Casa Genotta on the 27th. Due to a variety of pressures, the couple decided to move west in search of a new homestead and eventually sold the cottage in February of 1937. Thankfully, they found a comfortable respite in Danville, California, where he wrote some of his most mature plays including The Iceman Cometh and Long Days Journey Into Night.  
  How can we visit Casa Genotta?   The Pham family of Macon, Georgia purchased the property in the fall of 2005. They are committed to preserving the property as a significant historical edifice, whilst offering the modern luxuries that are befitting of a well-appointed vacation home. The Pham family has enjoyed vacationing at Sea Island, Georgia for four generations, and wishes to continue this tradition by offering others access to one of Sea Island's most historic cottages through the Cottage Rentals program.  
  Who else has owned Casa Genotta?   The Phams are the fifth family to own Casa Genotta and the first residents to offer the home as a cottage rental. The respectable lineage of owners has ensured the architectural character of the property has remained intact and in good condition. Of historical interest, the O’Neills sold the house and most of their furniture to Mr. and Mrs. George Alfred Cluett, who first experienced the hospitality of the golden isles during the height of the Great Depression. Traveling south in search of a place of residence, the Cluetts were stranded without train fare in neighboring Brunswick due to President Roosevelt's enactment of the Emergency Banking Act. Only knowing Mr. Cluett through his reputation as the owner of the successful "Arrow shirts" business, The Sea Island Company issued the couple credit that was recognized throughout the local community, which was also suffering from the unavailability of cash. This act of generosity influenced the prominent businessman and his wife to return to Sea Island as residents and the second owners of Casa Genotta.  
  What is Casa Genotta's current involvement with the dramatic arts?   The Pham family has developed collaborations with organizations that compliment their vision to preserve Casa Genotta as the former home of Eugene O’Neill, and will always strive to respectfully honor the memory of the cottage’s original owners. Creative partnerships are pursued for their impact on historical conservation and innovative programming. CG
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