the ape in me Author:cornelia otis skinner Skinner was the daughter of the actor Otis Skinner and his wife Maud (Durbin) Skinner. After attending the all-girls' Baldwin School and Bryn Mawr College (1918–1919) and studying theatre at the Sorbonne in Paris, she began her career on the stage in 1921. She appeared in several plays before embarking on a tour of the United States from 1926 to... more » 1929 in a one-woman performance of short character sketches she herself wrote. She wrote numerous short humorous pieces for publications like The New Yorker. These pieces were eventually compiled into a series of books, including Nuts in May, Dithers and Jitters, Excuse It Please!, and The Ape In Me, among others.« less
Every now and then I find a book of Cornelias essays from the 1950s. Its always a pleasure to reread these; they bring back my high school days in English class: why, I dont know. Yes, I do! A report on Nuts In May was one of the few endeavors on which I did well. That, and coupled with the fact that somehow or other, in one of her invectives she always manages to end up naked in front of an audience of prudes. And, wow, if you fast-forward to today her witticisms are still on the mark and wide open to even more pointed barbs. Any of her books are easy reading, enjoyable, whimsical, and most of all pleasantly nostalgic.