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Pulitzer-winning playwright Edward Albee dies at 88

Pulitzer-winning US playwright Edward Albee died after a short illness in his summer home in Montauk, New York. Photograph: (Reuters)

WION New York, United States Sep 17, 2016, 03.40 AM (IST)
Pulitzer-winning US playwright Edward Albee, known for writing provocative and insightful pieces on American life, including the play 'Who's Afrain of Virgina Woolf', died on Friday, aged 88.

His assistant Jakob Holder told Reuters that he passed away following a period of short illness. The American dramatist died at his summer home in Montauk, New York.

Holder said he was not alone at the time of his death. 

His works were ranked alongside Tennessee Williams, Arthur Miller and Eugene O'Neill in American drama.

He described his approch as "an examination of the American Scene ... a condemnation of complacency, cruelty, emasculation, and vacuity ... a stand against the fiction that everything in this slipping land of ours is peachy-keen." which appeared in the preface of "American Dream."

Albee shot to fame when his scathing drama "Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?" was first performed in 1962. 

The play ran for 644 performances on Broadway and won a Tony Award for best play. It also led to two successful Broadway revivals and a movie in 1966 featuring Oscar-winning performances by Elizabeth Taylor, who starred opposite Richard Burton, and Sandy Dennis.

Actors Arthur Hill and Uta Hagen starred as a married couple, George and Martha, in the play that narrates the story of breakdown of their marriage. 

Albee also won three Pulitzer Prizes for best drama, the first in 1967 for "A Delicate Balance", "Seascape" in 1975, followed by "Three Tall Women" in 1994.

(WION with inputs from agencies)
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