Edward Albee: A Singular Journey : a Biography

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Hal Leonard Corporation, 2001 - Biography & Autobiography - 448 pages
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With frankness and critical acumen, and drawing on extensive conversations with the playwright, Gussow offers fresh insights into Albee's life. At the same time he provides vivid portraits of Albee's relationships with the people who have been closest to him, including William Flanagan (his first mentor), Thornton Wilder, Richard Barr, John Steinbeck, Alan Schneider, John Gielgud, and his leading ladies, Uta Hagen, Colleen Dewhurst, Irene Worth, Myra Carter, Elaine Stritch, Marian Seldes, and Maggie Smith. And then there are, most famously, Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton, who starred in Mike Nichols's acclaimed film version of Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? The book places Albee in context as a playwright who inspired writer's as diverse as John Guare and Sam Shepard, and as a teacher and champion of human rights.
  

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Edward Albee: a singular journey: a biography

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For most readers, the name Edward Albee immediately evokes the play Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? Fortunately, Gussow, the drama critic and cultural writer for the New York Times, goes well beyond ... Read full review

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Gussow does an excellent job of making his enigmatic subject knowable, human and in some cases noble. This informed and richly detailed bio is compulsively readable without being gossipy. The ... Read full review

Contents

Eddie
21
Santayanian Finesse
46
Albees Village Decade
72
Die ZooGeschichte
93
YAM
119
Mommy and Daddy
139
Blood under the Bridge
151
FAM
178
Into the Woods
298
The Lady Lolita and The Man Who
309
Frankie
336
A Tall Woman
344
A New Balance
375
A New Baby
388
Lost and Found
400
Acknowledgments
405

Our Balladand Travels with Steinbeck
194
The Play That Dare Not Speak Its Name
212
Taylor Burton Lehman
232
Balancing Act
247
Flanagan
272
Death and Life
282

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Mel Gussow is the author of books about Beckett, Pinter, and Stoppard and of "Theatre on the Edge: New Visions, New Voices." A longtime drama critic, he writes, about the arts for "The New York Times." He has been a winner of a Guggenheim Fellowship and the George Jean Nathan Award for dramatic criticism. He lives in New York City.

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