The First Man (The Oldest Man)

The First Man (The Oldest Man)

by: Eugene O'Neill

by: Eugene O'Neill

The First Man (The Oldest Man)

The First Man (The Oldest Man)

by: Eugene O'Neill

by: Eugene O'Neill

Overview

Curtis Jayson, an anthropologist determined to lead an expedition to Asia to discover "the first man," is burdened by two domestic responsibilities, which he painfully and unsuccessfully tries to avoid. The first, towards a dutiful wife and assistant, Martha, is revealed in his unwillingness to father another child. The second is towards Jayson's New England family whose philistine values he blatantly flaunts.

Authors

Eugene O'Neill

When Eugene O’Neill (1888 – 1953) began writing for the stage early in the 20th century, the American theatre was dominated by vaudeville and romantic melodramas. Influenced by Strindberg, Ibsen, and other European playwrights, O’Neill vowed to create a theatre in America, stripped of false sentimental ...

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