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The Hairy Ape [Kindle Edition]

Eugene O'Neill
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About the Author

Eugene Gladstone O'Neill (October 16, 1888 November 27, 1953) was an American playwright and Nobel laureate in Literature. His poetically titled plays were among the first to introduce into American drama techniques of realism earlier associated with Russian playwright Anton Chekhov, Norwegian playwright Henrik Ibsen, and Swedish playwright August Strindberg. His plays were among the first to include speeches in American vernacular and involve characters on the fringes of society, where they struggle to maintain their hopes and aspirations, but ultimately slide into disillusionment and despair.

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  • File Size: 101 KB
  • Print Length: 112 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: B004NEUJVE
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0082XLL0U
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  • Lending: Enabled
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4.0 out of 5 stars Workingman's blues December 10, 2014
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I'm not big on reading plays, but in Eugene O'Neill's case I can always make an exception. His stirring and thought-provoking plays, among the best ever written in the history of American drama, earned him the 1936 Nobel Prize in Literature. The Hairy Ape, first produced in 1922, is one of O'Neill's better-known works and also one of his most affecting and unforgettable.

The curtain rises on a group of stokers lounging in the forecastle of a transatlantic steamship. Each in turn displays the brutish characteristics of the Neanderthal, but one among them in particular is clearly King of the Cavemen. Yank is an immense, troglodytic figure with a simple mind and a simple pride in the work he performs with his massive muscles. This pride is shaken, however, when a beautiful young socialite with a desire to see how the other half lives ventures into the filthy stokehole. At first sight of Yank she is gripped with horror, as if viewing some monstrous subhuman creature. This reaction is an eye opener for Yank, as he is forced for the first time to recognize his position in the class structure of society. He no longer feels the same enthusiasm for his labor and struggles to find a place where he belongs.

On the printed page, O'Neill's realistic dialogue and vividly descriptive stage directions create an effect not unlike that of reading a novella, allowing the habitual reader of prose fiction to momentarily forget he's reading a dramatic work. Yet realism for the stage doesn't always translate into realism on the page. At times in this play O'Neill can carry things a bit too far. The way some scenes are physically described, they seem to venture dangerously close to slapstick.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Not for me February 21, 2015
To me this ploay by O'Neill was very good in its time because it was able to portray a part of our society that was real. It does not speak much to me today unfortunately, but it was interesting reading.

J. Robert Ewbank author "John Wesley, Natural Man and the Isms" "Wesley's Wars" and "To Whom It May Concern"
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3.0 out of 5 stars mediocre July 18, 2013
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Read this play for a class; started off interestingly enough, but devolved quickly. Would not recommend to others if not required.
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