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In some senses, three Pulitzer Prizes have not made Edward Albee well-known. "I'm a playwright," he avers. "Of course no one recognizes me!" But although this Greenwich Village resident can dine relatively unnoticed almost anywhere, he has transformed American drama more than once. His influential plays, from Zoo Story (1960) to Who's Afraid of Virginia Wolf? (1962) to Three Tall Women (1991), strike notes of almost autobiographical immediacy. Nevertheless, although Albee is generous with interviews, he remains a shadowy and enigmatic figure. Mel Gussow, who has known the playwright since his first production, shows how this step-son of privilege, helped and hurt by his adopted parents' affluence, rebelled against authority. (He was thrown out of at least two schools.) Albee's alcoholism, another seldom mentioned topic, is shown here raging and then gradually beaten. Readers gain a sense of a man rattled by experience, yet transmuting that turmoil into his art. An authoritative and humane biography of a major American dramatist.
— Sal Cordaro