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"John Winters offers a master class in literary sleuthing, untangling the many lives and unearthing the origin story of America’s foremost Renaissance man of letters, Sam Shepard." Kelly Horan, WBUR radio
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.
Despite these accomplishments and more—six collections of prose, songwriting with Bob Dylan, filmmaking with Robert Frank and Michelangelo Antonioni, as well as romantic relationships with rocker Patti Smith and actress Jessica Lange—Shepard seems anything but satisfied. Sam Shepard: A Life details his lifelong bouts of insecurity and anxiety, and delves deeply into his relationship with his alcoholic father and his own battle with the bottle. Also examined for the first time in-depth are Shepard’s tumultuous relationship with Lange, and his decades–long adherence to the teachings of Russian spiritualist G. I. Gurdjieff.
Throughout this new biography, Winters gets to the heart of the enigma that is Sam Shepard, presenting a compelling and comprehensive account of his life and work.
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About the Author
John J. Winters is a veteran journalist, critic, and academic who has made Sam Shepard the focus of his scholarship. In addition to working for The Boston Globe and countless newspapers, Winters's work has appeared in Playboy, Salon, The Providence Journal, Art New England, the Providence Phoenix, Runner's World and Rhode Island Monthly. He is a regular contributor of reviews and commentary to Boston’s National Public Radio affiliate, WBUR. More at johnjwinters.com.
Table of Contents
The Dark Muse/Father 14
The Rock/Mother 23
Go West 27
On the Road 42
"Generally Acknowledged Genius" 78
Musical Interlude 94
New Territory 99
Early Film Work (1968-1970) 109
Dazed and Confused (1968 and 1969) 118
New Directions 125
Mad Dogs, Splits, and More (1971 continued) 139
Mill Valley Days 171
Heavenward (1976) 191
Family Matters 200
You Can't Go Home Again 215
True Brothers 224
Jessica: The Beginning 244
Fools for Love 253
"Between Two Deaths" 267
Between Two Families 277
"Dancing Around the Grave?" 288
War Story 299
Take Two 306
Losing Game 312
At Last, Paradise 318
"Blue" Days 327
"Late" Show 333
A Late Trilogy 347
The Road Ahead 364