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Sam Shepard: A Life

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With more than fifty-five plays to his credit—including the 1979 Pulitzer Prize–winning Buried Child—an Oscar nod for his portrayal of Chuck Yeager in The Right Stuff, and an onscreen persona that’s been aptly summed up as “Gary Cooper in denim,” Sam Shepard’s impact on American theater and film ranks with the greatest playwrights and actors of the past half-century.


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Hardcover, 480 pages
Published April 11th 2017 by Counterpoint
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M. Sarki
Feb 13, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Shepard’s most recent Oedipus-centered play, A Particle of Dread, was predictably unpopular and taxing to read. That is not to say this dramatic work offers proof of Shepard’s decline. His plays have generally been a bit annoyingly crude and sometimes obtuse. But for years Shepard has continued to suit up and show up, and he follows his muse wherever it takes him. A long career now of writing and acting has shared his life with other demanding physical mov
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Brent
Jul 08, 2017 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: fans of Sam Shepard
Recommended to Brent by: Counterpoint Press
Shelves: history, biography
This is a very good summary biography. Like many, I know Shepard most from his acting in movies like The Right Stuff. I don't know why I never realized he was a member of the eccentric-folk band Holy Modal Rounders: probably because I skipped their LP records. I'm looking forward to reading Shepard's plays.
I was sent a finished copy for review. Having sauntered through the book, I can recommend the author's love of his subject. Like many a good literary biography, it's sending me to the subject'
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Sheralee
Jun 20, 2017 rated it did not like it
This book was beyond difficult to get into. The author was over-analyzing a previous biography and Sam Shepard's own words and stories. He goes on and on about wether or not Shepard is Shepard the Third, the Seventh or the fifth in his family line. Who cares and what difference does it make???? I'm going to look for that other biography to read, I think Sam Shepard is an interesting person.
Mary
May 09, 2017 rated it liked it
This is a very thorough biography of Shephard. Writer, actor, rancher; all roles taken on with a great deal of introspection. Too much introspection if you ask me. And really, why does the reader need to know that Shephard had all his teeth pulled recently?
patty
Jul 10, 2017 rated it liked it
Extensively researched. A must-read for fans of "playwright" Sam Shepard.
Faythe Millhoff
May 24, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Excellent bio of a very interesting man. Well written and insightful. Enjoyed this book very much.
Mary Jo
Mar 22, 2017 rated it liked it
Advance copy. Publication in April. Shepard is an interesting man. I knew he was a playwright and author but have to admit being most familiar with his movie work, first seeing him in Country, filmed in my home state. Dedicated stage theater buffs (which I am not) should enjoy this one.
Brian Beatty
Mar 20, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shepard may be an even better actor than audiences realized. A more serious writer, too.
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An incredible story, extremely well written. This novel holds your attention from page one.
I highly recommend Sam Shephard: A Life

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