Eugene Gladstone O'Neill (1888-1953) was a Pulitzer Prize-winning American author, Nobel Laureate, and playwright. The son of an Irish immigrant actor, O'Neill attended Catholic boarding school and attended Princeton for a year, from which he was possibly expelled for throwing a beer bottle through the window of then-Professor Woodrow Wilson. O'Neill spent several years at sea, but finally settled on a career as a playwright in 1913 after a stay in a sanitarium. A chronic alcoholic, O'Neill nonetheless succeeded brilliantly as a playwright, winning the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1936 and several Pulitzers for his work.
The Hairy Ape by Eugene O'Neillby Eugene O'Neill
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THE HAIRY APE is the story of steamship fireman, Yank, whose encounter with a wealthy socialite leaves him in despair. Called a "filthy beast" by the socialite, Yank seeks for meaning in a life seemingly devoid of it. He joins the Wobblies, but is expelled for wanted to engage in violence against the rich. Alone and friendless, Yank makes his way to the Zoo, where he tries to befriend a caged Gorilla whom he identifies with.
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