The title Ah, Wilderness! derives from the oft—quoted quatrain of Omar Khayam:
“A book of verses underneath the Bough,
A jug of wine, a loaf of bread—and thou
Beside me singing in the wilderness——
Oh, Wilderness were Paradise enow!”
Eugene O’Neill titled his comedy “Oh, Wilderness!” when he completed it in 1933, however, the producers, the Theatre Guild, persuaded him to change the title to Ah, Wilderness!
Someday, in a better metadata environment than we currently have, linking this common event between three digital objects (artifacts?) will be easy, for now, here's me trying to record an intersection in our collections.
'Ah! Wilderness' Proves Successful is an article about the Theatre & Dance performance for which we also have digitized:
- Photos from the 1973 Performance of Ah! Wilderness.
- Ah! Wilderness Brochure from the UW Department of Theatre & Dance where the quote above is located.