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ALBEE, EDWARD - Signed photograph of the celebrated American playwright
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ALBEE, EDWARD - Signed photograph of the celebrated American playwright

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ALBEE, EDWARD. (1928-2016). Celebrated American playwright best known for his play Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf. SP. (“Edward Albee”). 1p. Folio (approximately 10 ¾” x 15¼”). N.p., N.d. [circa 1966]. A black-and-white bust portrait of a young Albee by Pach Brothers’ photographic studio.


The adopted grandson of vaudeville producer Edward F. Albee, the young Albee rejected his comfortable upbringing at an early age, yet used his grandfather’s financial legacy to enter the world of theater. Supported by a trust fund and the income from working at odd jobs, Albee wrote his first play, The Zoo Story, at 30. Unable to obtain a production in the U.S., he staged one in Berlin instead. Months later the play was performed in New York City and other successes followed, heralding a change in American theater. Considered the successor to Arthur Miller, Tennessee Williams and Eugene O’Neill (though his works do not necessarily follow in their tradition), he was dubbed the father of American absurdist drama. Among his 25 plays are The Death of Bessie Smith, The American Dream,The Sandbox, Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, and Pulitzer Prize winners Three Tall Women, A Delicate Balance and Seascape.


Pach Brothers, founded in 1867, was, until its close in 1993, the nation’s oldest photography studio. They took the official portraits for the American Academy and Institute of Arts and Letters, to which Albee was elected in 1966.


Signed in the lower margin of the photographer’s mount, which is embossed with Pach Bros’ logo. Framed and in mint condition. Uncommon in this size and quality.



Item #6972


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