Edward Albee Quote

Edward Albee quote from "Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?" | Literary Quotes @ Literary Cobblestones
Edward Albee quote from “Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?” | Literary Quotes @ Literary Cobblestones

This past Saturday (the 12th) marked the birth of the playwright Edward Albee. Today, we celebrate his birth with a quote from his most famous work – “Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?”

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Get to know Albee with this biography from the Edward Albee Society: “Edward Albee: A Biography.

Hear it from Albee himself with this interview by William Flanagan for The Paris Review: “Edward Albee, The Art of Theater No. 4.” Here’s an excerpt to entice your entrance: “If you examine the history of any playwright of the past twenty-five or thirty years—I’m not talking about the comedy boys, I’m talking about the more serious writers—it seems inevitable that almost every one has been encouraged until the critics feel that they have built them up beyond the point where they can control them; then it’s time to knock them down again. And a rather ugly thing starts happening: the playwright finds himself knocked down for works that quite often are just as good or better than the works he’s been praised for previously.

Lastly, check out this feature on Albee from Vulture, written by Jesse Green: “How Edward Albee is Still Redefining Himself, 50 Years After Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?” Take a peek inside: “There’s nothing vague or grandparental about him. Despite some hearing loss and the occasional “trouble concentrating” in conversation (though not, he says, in writing), he is the opposite of fading. He’s intensifying, saturating. Even his witticisms have achieved a deeper economy, beyond which you’d think communication might cease entirely.

 

In case you missed it, check out last Friday’s listicle: “10 Best Gabriel García Márquez Quotes.

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