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Playwright Edward Albee has died

By Fabio Crispim

Acclaimed American playwright Edward Albee died last Friday (September 16) at his home in Montauk in Long Island.

The 88-year-old famous works include Who’s Afraid of Virginia Wolf? as well as The Zoo Story, The Sandbox, The American Dream and The Goat, or Who is Sylvia?

Albee won the Pulitzer Prize for Drama three times, won three Tony Awards and received the National Medal of Arts in 1996.

Albee was gay and an activist for LGBT rights. He’s said that he knew he was gay from the age of 12, but famously stated that he didn’t want to be known as a “gay writer” during an acceptance speech at the Lambda Literary Pioneer Awards.

He always considered himself a writer, “I am not a gay writer. I am a writer who happens to be gay.”

Albee spent 30 years with his partner, Jonathon Thomas, from 1971 until Thomas’ death in 2005.

Speaking about the couple’s time together, Albee said there were “as close to a lifetime with someone as anybody gets.”

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