Edward Albee, American playwright, Died at 88

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Edward Franklin Albee III was born on March 12, 1928, and died on September 16, 2016.

He was an American playwright.

He was known for works such as The Zoo Story (1958), The Sandbox (1959), and Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? (1962).

Albee’s works are often considered as well-crafted, realistic examinations of the modern condition.

Edward’s early works reflect a mastery and Americanization of the Theatre of the Absurd that found its peak in works by European playwrights such as Samuel Beckett, Eugène Ionesco and Jean Genet.

Among the younger American playwrights, such as Paula Vogel, credit Albee’s daring mix of theatricality and biting dialogue with helping to reinvent the post-war American theatre in the early 1960s.

Then further on in his life, Albee continued to experiment in works such as The Goat, or Who Is Sylvia?.

He was the President of the Edward F. Albee Foundation, Inc., which maintains the William Flanagan Memorial Creative Persons Center, a writers and artists colony in Montauk, New York.

He was openly gay and stated that he first knew he was gay at age 12 and a half.

He died at his Montauk, New York, home.

Edward Albee passed away at 88 years old.