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On Eugene O'Neill's "Philosophical Anarchism" Robert M. Dowling Central Connecticut State University Some reasonably well-known facts circulate in O'Neill scholarship regarding the subject of this essay—the playwright's relation to the American anarchist movement in the opening decades of the twentieth century. We know, for example, that as early as 1903, when O'Neill was fifteen years old, a minor anarchist cohort calling itself L'Avvenire ("the Future" or "the Oncoming") existed in New London, Connecticut, the closest thing O'Neill could claim as a hometown, and published the radical newsletter Il Nostro Programma ("Our Program" or "Our Agenda"). We also know that the Greenwich Village bohemian Louis Holladay introduced O'Neill at the age of eighteen to Benjamin R. Tucker, the radical publisher, translator, bookstore proprietor, and editor of the anarchist journal Liberty , who in turn introduced him to "philosophical anarchism," or "individualist anarchism." We know that nearly ten years later one of O'Neill's Harvard
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