Virginia Woolf writer Edward Albee dies at 88

Albee is seen as one of the most important American playwrights of his time.
Albee is seen as one of the most important American playwrights of his time.

NEW YORK • Pulitzer-winning American playwright Edward Albee, the author of such masterpieces as Who's Afraid Of Virginia Woolf?, has died at age 88, his personal assistant said in a statement.

Mr Albee died in his home in New York on Friday after a short illness, according to his long-time personal assistant Jakob Holder.

Considered one of the most important American playwrights of his time, Mr Albee wrote a variety of intense, controversial plays diving into anxieties, disillusionment and death.

He burst onto the theatre scene in 1958 at age 30 with The Zoo Story, which portrayed disaffection and class struggle.

Who's Afraid Of Virginia Woolf? debuted two years later on Broadway. The shocking trash-talking, boozy depiction of a tortured academic couple, George and Martha, was eventually a hit. In 1966, it was made into a movie, directed by Mike Nichols, and starring Richard Burton and Elizabeth Taylor.

Mr Albee won a string of awards for Virginia Woolf, including a Tony for best play in 1963.

Throughout an up-and-down commercial career over several decades, he won three Pulitzer Prizes for best drama. In 2005, he was awarded the special Tony Award for Lifetime Achievement.

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