US playwright Edward Albee dies aged 88

Edward Albee

Edward Albee

US playwright Edward Albee, the author of Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, has died aged 88.

Albee’s assistant said he died on Friday at his home on Long Island near New York. No cause of death was given.

A three-time Pulitzer Prize winner, he was arguably America’s greatest living playwright after the deaths of Arthur Miller and August Wilson in 2005,

Albee was awarded Pulitzers for A Delicate Balance, Seascape and Three Tall Women.

His best-known work, Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, was denied the 1963 Pulitzer Prize after debuting on Broadway the previous year.

The prize’s advisory board ruled that the work was not sufficiently “uplifting” because of its profanity and sexual themes.

A few years ago, before undergoing surgery, Albee wrote a short statement to be published at the time of his death: “To all of you who have made my being alive so wonderful, so exciting and so full, my thanks and all my love.”

Often bleakly humorous, his plays explored the darker sides of marriage, religion, raising children, and American life.

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