Edward Franklin Albee III was an American playwright known for works such as The Zoo Story, The Sandbox, Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, A Delicate Balance, and Three Tall Women. Some critics have argued that some of his work constitutes an American variant of what Martin Esslin identified and named the Theater of the Absurd. Three of his plays won the Pulitzer Prize for Drama, and two of his other works won the Tony Award for Best Play. His works are often considered as frank examinations of the modern condition. His early works reflect a mastery and Americanization of the Theatre of the Absurd that found its peak in works by European playwrights such as Samuel Beckett, Eugène Ionesco, and Jean Genet. His middle period comprised plays that explored the psychology of maturing, marriage, and sexual relationships.
|Born:||Edward Franklin Albee III, March 12, 1928, Virginia, U.S.|
|Died:||September 16, 2016, Montauk, New York, U.S.|
|Notable works:||Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf, The Zoo Story, A Delicate Balance, The Goat, or Who Is Sylvia, Three Tall Women|
|Notable awards:||Pulitzer Prize for Drama, Tony Award for Best Play, National Medal of Arts, Special Tony Award, America Award in Literature|
|Partner:||Jonathan Thomas (esp. 1971, his death 2005)|
|IMDb:||Edward Albee’s IMDb|
About Edward Albee
Playwright who wrote Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, which won the 1963 Tony Award for Best Play.
He was expelled from two high schools and a military academy for his offensive behavior.
He attempted to create a musical version of Breakfast at Tiffany’s, but it was unsuccessful.
He knew that he was homosexual at age 12.
His play, Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf, was made into a movie starring Elizabeth Taylor.
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- Rye Country Day School alumni
- Theatre of the Absurd
- Actors Studio alumni
- LGBT people from Virginia
- Pulitzer Prize for Drama winners
- Choate Rosemary Hall alumni
- Trinity College (Connecticut) alumni
- University of Houston faculty
- Kennedy Center honorees
- United States National Medal of Arts recipients
- Members of the American Academy of Arts and Letters
- Writers from Washington, D.C.
- 21st-century American dramatists and playwrights
- LGBT dramatists and playwrights
- American adoptees
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