Albee and Influence

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Albee and Influence is the fourth volume in the series New Directions in Edward Albee Studies sponsored by the Edward Albee Society. The volume contains essays, written by leading Albee scholars, that focus on literary and philosophical influences on Edward Albee’s plays as well as essays on writers and works that Albee influenced. Essays focus on Albee’s relationship with such major American playwrights as Thornton Wilder, Amiri Baraka, Sam Shepard, Lanford Wilson and John Guare. There are also contributions on Albee’s work as mentor to young playwrights. The volume also includes an interview with award-winning director Pam McKinnon.

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Introduction
John M. Clum (Ph.D., Princeton), Professor Emeritus of Theater Studies and English at Duke University, is the author of monographs and numerous essays on American and British drama, gay drama, film and musical theatre. He is also a playwright, librettist and director. John is President of the Edward Albee Society.

Natka Bianchini (Ph.D., Tufts University) is Associate Professor of Theatre at Loyola University Maryland. She is the author of numerous articles on Samuel Beckett and Edward Albee, including her monograph, Samuel Beckett’s Theatre in America, (2015). In addition to her teaching and scholarship, she is a professional director with more than 30 directing credits on the local, regional, and university theatre level.
Anyone interested in American drama and theatre, particularly readers interested in Edward Albee’s work.
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