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Saturday, November 17, 2018

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Legendary playwright, UH professor Edward Albee dies at 88


A report from Reuters revealed that, in an interview for the literary magazine the Paris Review, Albee set out to be a writer at 6 years old. | Courtesy of Wikimedia Commons

A report from Reuters revealed that, in an interview for the literary magazine the Paris Review, Albee set out to be a writer at 6 years old. | Courtesy of Wikimedia Commons

Correction: A previous version of this story had incorrectly titled one of Albee’s plays, “A Delicate Balance”, as “A Delicate Bone.”  

Edward Albee, a three-time Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright and former professor at UH, has died on Friday at age 88.

Known for his acclaimed works such as “Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?” and “A Delicate Balance,” Albee spent over 20 years contributing to the theater department at UH.

“We are grateful for the years Edward Albee spent with the University of Houston,” President and Chancellor Renu Khator said in a statement following news of Albee’s passing. “Through classes and workshops, he shared his creative insights with young writers eager to transfer their stories from the page to the stage.”

An outpouring of condolences erupted online with the news of Albee’s death, as he is considered among some of the nation’s greatest playwrights. Albee’s assistant was the first to report of his death, which took place at his home in Montauk, New York.

The cause has yet to be released, but Reuters reported he succumbed after a “short illness.”

“We are proud to say that, through his leadership, we’ve been able to leverage the arts as an engine to drive innovation and excellence,” Khator said.

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