An affectionate and witty comedy of recollection from one of the twentieth century's most significant writers. Seen as the bright and sunny reverse-image of Long Day's Journey into Night, Ah! Wilderness is a family-based saga set in the years just before the First World War. Richard Miller is deeply enamoured with his 'best girl', the pretty and pure Muriel. But when her cantankerous father finds out about their plans to spend Independence Day together, he demands that she write to him breaking off the whole thing. Richard is distraught, heartbroken, and seems about ready to knuckle under to strong liquor and fast women...Can his father Nat reach across the generation gap and bring his son back to the family - and Muriel? This edition includes a full introduction, biographical sketch and chronology.