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Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Edward Albee dies at age 88

Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Edward Albee dies at age 88

Edward Albee, an acerbic, absurdist and biting dramatist who won the Pulitzer Prize for drama three times, and who harnessed the techniques of the great European absurdists to examine American marital and familial dysfunction, died Friday at his home on Long Island. He was 88 and had been in declining health for months.

Albee was the father of George and Martha, the booze-soaked, co-dependent academics whose battles and games made up the action in his most famous play, "Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?" That definitive marital drama from 1961 was filmed by Mike Nichols in 1966 and the two stars of that movie, Richard Burton and Elizabeth Taylor, used their...

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