TitleThe Hairy Ape
AuthorEugene O'Neill
ImprintEugene O'Neill Ltd
Sales rank4.5


Eugene Gladstone O Neill 1888 1953 was a Nobel prize winning American playwright More than any other dramatist, O Neill introduced American drama to the dramatic realism pioneered by Russian playwright Anton Chekhov, Norwegian playwright Henrik Ibsen, and Swedish playwright August Strindberg, and was the first to use true American vernacular in his speeches His plays involve characters who inhabit the fringes of society, engaging in depraved behaviour, where they struggle to maintain their hopes and aspirations but ultimately slide into disillusionment and despair O Neill wrote only one comedy Ah, Wilderness , all his other plays involve some degree of tragedy and personal pessimism O Neill s first published play, Beyond the Horizon, opened on Broadway in 1920 to great acclaim, and was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for Drama His best known plays include Anna Christie Pulitzer Prize 1922 , The First Man 1922 , and The Hairy Ape 1922 In 1936 he received the Nobel Prize for Literature.


Nandakishore Varma

The Hairy Ape By Eugene O'Neill

As an Indian, I grew up with a spiritual theatre tradition which was non realistic and stylised, played on a bare arena stage Kathakali, Koothu, Koodiyattam are some examples of our traditional stage and at the same time, a secular theatre which was very realistic and played on a proscenium stage so... (Sign in to see more)

Fatemeh Beygi

The Hairy Ape By Eugene O'Neill

Jessica Barkl

The Hairy Ape By Eugene O'Neill

I know, I know, another play for my Representative Plays class, and not your typical O Neill, but, gosh darn it It s good Especially for prisoners They really empathized with the lead character and had images and understandings of him that I would never have come up with in my own female on the outs... (Sign in to see more)


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The Hairy Ape By Eugene O'Neill

Hairy Ape is a terrific drama narrating a story of a defiant Yank whose hubris and bellicose attitude constitute a thin end of the wedge and consequent demise The story is simultaneously historic and universal since the protagonist stands in my opinion for every man with one s existential dilemmas a... (Sign in to see more)


The Hairy Ape By Eugene O'Neill

I m an animal A lowly engine worker falls for a rich debutant And is then violently reminded of his place in the societal structure.


The Hairy Ape By Eugene O'Neill

Not sure why I gave this play three starsI m changing it to one bc I really didn t like it That probably makes me sound terrible but I just wasn t a fan Hearing other students read the parts out loud drove me kinda crazy hahahaha


The Hairy Ape By Eugene O'Neill

Finally, an O Neill play I can get on board with The Hairy Ape is a commentary on class in America and brutally points out how divided we are as a nation Unfortunately, a lot of what O Neill was saying pre Depression still holds true His use of expressionism heightens the drama without hittin... (Sign in to see more)

Abeer Abdullah

The Hairy Ape By Eugene O'Neill

SUPER WONDERFUL hilarious, bitter An expressionist play about the working class man and how dehumanised and demonised he is in a post industrial world The hyperbolic nature of expressionist theatre couldn t be of a perfect form to communicate this specific subject matter.


The Hairy Ape By Eugene O'Neill

I don t care that this is one of the most important plays in the history of the American drama It is a terrible read.

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