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My Sister Eileen | 1941 Printing | The Famous Playwright Adaptation

My Sister Eileen | 1941 Printing | The Famous Playwright Adaptation

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My Sister Eileen is a series of autobiographical short stories by Ruth McKenney, originally published in The New Yorker, which eventually inspired many other works: her 1938 book My Sister Eileen, a play, a musical, a radio play, two motion pictures, and a CBS television series in the 1960–1961 season.

This is the playwright by Joseph Fields.

1941, First Printing

Ruth and Eileen, two sisters from Ohio, move to New York in search of fame and fortune. Witty Ruth aspires to be a published writer, while the beautiful Eileen dreams of success as an actress. Their financial circumstances force them to rent a dingy basement studio apartment in a Greenwich Village building owned by the wily and self-absorbed Mr. Appolpolous, the first of many colorful characters who cross their path. Leaks in the ceiling, a "nauseating" kitchen, hard beds, and constant explosions from nearby subway construction turn out to be the least of the girls' worries; the lock on the back door is broken, and all manner of people walk in. Visitors include a wannabe wrestler, a prudish cop, a burlesque dancer, a posse of Brazilian admirals-in-training, and a plethora of unwanted suitors for Eileen. The girls struggle to find a foothold on their dreams amid the hilarious chaos and mayhem that seems destined to reign over their house.


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