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September 10, 1982
39 pages, 6 1/4 x 10
In this previously unpublished work Eugene O'Neill returned to an earlier form with which he had experimented—the one-act play. Only two characters appear on stage; Hughie, the third and most important on, is dead. It is Hughie's innocence, gullibility, and need to believe in a far more exciting existence than he ever knew which gives some kind of purpose to the shabby lives of the two who remain. O'Neill here again writes of the defeated and the courage that comes by way of illusions reflecting still other illusions in a world that needs them all.
Hughie, the only surviving manuscript from a series of eight one-act monologue plays that O'Neill planned in 1940, was completed in 1941.
It was greeted in Stockholm on its September 1958 premiere as "O'Neill's finest shortest play."
"A compassionate, shattering character study, more short story than play."—Arthur Gelb, New York Times
"I doubt that any other O'Neill play makes its points as effectively. . . . Hughie is well made in every respect, . . . a real addition to the canon."—Joseph Wood Krutch, Theatre Arts
"Reads like a compelling 'tour de force.'"—Chrysalis—the pocket review of the arts