Three-time Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Edward Albee, whose often raw and unnerving dramas took a merciless look at American life, died on Friday in Montauk, New York, after suffering a short illness. He was 88..
His best-known works, such as “Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?”and “A Delicate Balance,” challenged theatrical conventions of the day and earned Albee “a reputation as one of the greatest American dramatists” reports the Huffington Post.
His most famous and analyzed work,“Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?” is widely considered a 20th-century masterpiece of American theater. Albee once said that the play was an effort to dig “so deep under the skin that it becomes practically intolerable,” writes Nelson Pressley in the Washington Post.
In more than 25 plays, Albee relentlessly picked apart the cornerstones of American culture—marriage, child-rearing, religion and the distinct comforts of America’s upper class —as well as our most cherished perceptions of ourselves.