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Stretching My Mind: The Collected Essays, 1960-2005
by Edward Albee
America's most important living playwright, Edward Albee, has been rocking our country's moral, political and artistic complacency for more than 50 years. Beginning with his debut play, The Zoo Story (1958), and on to his barrier breaking works of the 1960s, most notably The American Dream (1960), Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? (1963), and the Pulitzer Prize-winning A Del ...more
Hardcover, 340 pages
Published November 28th 2005 by Da Capo Press
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This collection of various writings needed a better editor. Edward Albee repeats himself quite a bit in various pieces and this can get a bit annoying. That being said, maybe it was just me but everything he states about the need of a aesthetic education in America and the need for artists to familiarize themselves with all the other arts to better round themselves are things I've believed as second nature since I was in grade school, though I also believe that artists must be familiar with the ...more
Dec 08, 2011 Justin rated it really liked it · review of another edition
An engaging, comprehensive chronological peek into the complex and voracious mind and art of Edward Albee. Ranging on a variety of topics from theatre and playwriting, the arts and their respective practitioners, politics, critics, music and beyond, Albee's signature propensity for splicing the intricacies of art and its place in society is preserved with surgeon-like precision and care.
Edward Franklin Albee III was an American playwright known for works including Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, The Zoo Story, The Sandbox and The American Dream. His works are considered well-crafted and often unsympathetic examinations of the modern condition. His early works reflected a mastery and Americanization of the Theatre of the Absurd that found its peak in works by European playwrights ...moreMore about Edward Albee...