Edward Albee


Born
in Virginia, The United States
March 12, 1928

Died
September 16, 2016

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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 such as Jean Genet, Samuel Beckett, and Eugène Ionesco. Younger American playwrights, such as Pulitzer Prize-winner Paula Vogel, credit Albee's daring mix of theatricalism and biting dialogue with helping to reinvent the post-war American theatre in the early 1960's. Albee's dedication to continuing to evolve his voice — as evidenced in later prod ...more

Average rating: 4.02 · 90,826 ratings · 2,670 reviews · 114 distinct worksSimilar authors
Who's Afraid of Virginia Wo...

4.08 avg rating — 60,657 ratings — published 1962 — 88 editions
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The American Dream & The Zo...

3.98 avg rating — 8,055 ratings — published 1959 — 18 editions
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The Goat, or Who is Sylvia?

3.93 avg rating — 6,134 ratings — published 2003 — 14 editions
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The Zoo Story and Other Plays

4.01 avg rating — 2,678 ratings — published 1959 — 7 editions
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Three Tall Women

3.91 avg rating — 2,598 ratings — published 1994 — 11 editions
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A Delicate Balance

3.92 avg rating — 2,129 ratings — published 1966 — 23 editions
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The Zoo Story

3.91 avg rating — 2,096 ratings — published 1959 — 4 editions
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The Zoo Story & The Sandbox

3.98 avg rating — 924 ratings — published 1961
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The Ballad of the Sad Cafe

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3.81 avg rating — 961 ratings — published 1963 — 9 editions
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Seascape

3.70 avg rating — 635 ratings — published 1975 — 7 editions
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“You're alive only once, as far as we know, and what could be worse than getting to the end of your life and realizing you hadn't lived it?”
Edward Albee

“What I mean by an educated taste is someone who has the same tastes that I have.”
Edward Albee

“I write to find out what I'm talking about.”
Edward Albee