It is disturbing to discover in oneself these curious revelations of the validity of the Darwinian theory. If it is true that we have sprung from the ape, there are occasions when my own spring appears not to have been very far.
Cornelia Otis Skinner (1899-1979) American author and actress. She was born in Chicago, the daughter of the actor Otis Skinner and his wife Maud (Durbin) Skinner. After attending Bryn Mawr College (1918-1919), and studying theatre at the Sorbonne in Paris, France, 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 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. The pieces were collected in a series of books, including Nuts in May, Dithers and Jitters, Excuse It Please!, and The Ape In Me, among others. With Emily Kimbrough, she wrote Our Hearts Were Young and Gay, a hilarious description of their European tour in the early 1920s.