Pulitzer-winning playwright Edward Albee dies during 88 during his NY home: reports


Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Edward Albee, whose provocative and mostly heartless demeanour during American life in works such as “Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?” warranted him a repute as one of a biggest American dramatists, died on Friday in Montauk, New York. He was 88.

He died in a late afternoon during his summer home in Montauk, a strand fishing community on a eastern tip of Long Island, after pang a brief illness to that he apparently succumbed, Albee’s assistant, Jakob Holder, told Reuters.

Holder pronounced a playwright was not alone during a time of his death, though declined to allow any serve details.

Albee once told a Paris Review that he motionless during age 6 that he was a author though chose to work in a format of plays after final he was not a really good producer or novelist. His works would eventually arrange him alongside Tennessee Williams, Arthur Miller and Eugene O’Neill in American drama.

Albee described a playwright as “someone who lets his courage hang out on a stage,” and a innards of his possess works enclosed a absolute annoy as he pushed themes such as alienation, rancour and a dim underside of life in a 1950s.

In a prologue to his play “American Dream,” Albee described his proceed as “an hearing of a American Scene … a defamation of complacency, cruelty, emasculation, and emptiness … a mount conflicting a novella that all in this slipping land of ours is peachy-keen.”

The oppressive amusement and ferocity that prevailed in his some-more than 25 works prolonged divided critics and audiences, earning Albee as many defamation as praise. He always returned a bombardment of attacks, job his critics fools and his Broadway audiences “placid cows.”

“Art should enhance a bounds of a form and, simultaneously, it should change a perceptions,” he told his biographer. “I depreciate calm art.”


Albee done his name, and repelled audiences, when his sardonic play “Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?” non-stop on Broadway in 1962. Actors Arthur Hill and Uta Hagen starred as a married couple, George and Martha, who entice dual friends over for an dusk that deteriorates amid vitriol, drunkenness, profanity, emasculation, vicious mind games and earthy abuse.

Albee pronounced he took a name for his best-known work from a bit of graffiti scrawled in soap on a counterpart of one of his favorite Greenwich Village bars.

The strange prolongation ran for 644 performances on Broadway. It went on to win a Tony Award for best play, spawned dual successful Broadway revivals and was done into a renouned film in 1966 that featured Oscar-winning performances by Elizabeth Taylor, who starred conflicting Richard Burton, and Sandy Dennis.

Although a theatre chronicle was comparison by a Pulitzer Prize jury for a 1963 play award, a Pulitzer advisory house overruled a jurors since of a play’s argumentative nature.

No play esteem was given that year, though Albee went on to win 3 Pulitzers, in 1967 for “A Delicate Balance,” in 1975 for “Seascape,” and in 1991 for “Three Tall Women.”

Albee also won a 2002 Tony for “The Goat or Who Is Sylvia,” a story of an designer who falls in adore with a goat, that remarkable Albee’s lapse to Broadway after roughly 20 years. In 2005 he perceived a lifetime feat Tony.

Albee was adopted shortly after birth by a rich New York family that sent him to chosen schools – dual of that diminished him – though he had no enterprise for amicable status. His rejecting of a family values and welfare for an artistic lifestyle led to a clashes with his strong-willed mom that he chronicled in “Three Tall Women,” his many autobiographical work.

Albee changed to New York’s Bohemian heart, Greenwich Village, during a age of 20 and worked a accumulation of jobs, including telegram messenger. He attempted communication and novella before his initial play, “The Zoo Story,” a one-act work about loneliness and category separation, was staged in 1959.

Other remarkable works enclosed “Seascape,” that Albee destined when it non-stop on Broadway in 1974 and had an absurdist turn – an aged integrate are assimilated on a beach by dual human-sized articulate lizards as they cruise their relationships.

“A Delicate Balance” also examined nervous family dynamics. Albee wrote a book for a film chronicle of “A Delicate Balance,” that starred Katharine Hepburn, Lee Remick and Joseph Cotten.

Albee’s long-time partner, sculptor Jonathan Thomas, died in 2005 during age 59.

(Writing and stating by Bill Trott in Washington; Additional stating by Leslie Adler in New York; Editing by Steve Gorman)


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