Three Great Plays

The Emperor Jones, Anna Christie and The Hairy Ape
Author(s): Eugene O'Neill
Genre: Drama
Original Publish Date: Feb 13, 2012
Product Number: EB00795825
Released: Dec 04, 2019
Business Term: Purchase
ISBN: #9780486112503
Publisher: Dover Publications
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Winner of the Nobel Prize for literature and four Pulitzer prizes, Eugene O'Neill is generally acknowledged as America's greatest playwright. This volume includes three of the writer's early, influential works: The Emperor Jones presents a forceful powerful psychological portrayal of brute power, fear, and madness as it traces events in the life of the self-proclaimed ruler of a West Indian island, who attempts to flee both his angry countrymen and personal demons. The Hairy Ape combines elements of class struggle and surreal tragedy as it explores the dehumanization of a crew member on a transatlantic liner. Anna Christie displays O'Neill's skills of character development as he focuses on the relationship of a sailor and his long-lost daughter, who reveals an unsavory secret about her past. Essential reading for students of theater and literature, this collection will appeal to anyone interested in the seminal work of a writer who became one of the most vital forces in the American theater.

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