Sam Shepard: A Life (Paperback)
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"John Winters offers a master class in literary sleuthing, untangling the many lives and unearthing the origin story of America's foremost Renaissance man of letters." --Kelly Horan, coauthor of Devotion and Defiance With more than fifty-five plays to his credit--including the 1979 Pulitzer Prize-winning Buried Child, an Oscar nod for his portrayal of Chuck Yeager in The Right Stuff, and an onscreen persona that's been aptly summed up as "Gary Cooper in denim"--Sam Shepard's impact on American theater and film ranks with the greatest playwrights and actors of the past half-century. Sam Shepard: A Life gets to the heart of Sam Shepard, presenting a compelling and comprehensive account of his life and work. In a new epilogue, added by the author after Shepard's untimely death in July of 2017, John J. Winters offers a glimpse into the enigmatic author's last days, when very few knew he was suffering from ALS. "An excellent biography . . . Mr. Winters is especially good on the backstage of one of Mr. Shepard's most frequently revived works, True West . . . Mr. Winters has an interesting story to tell, and he recounts it ably, bringing us close to a figure who, he admits, avoids intimacy." --The Wall Street Journal "A new, thoroughly researched biography . . . Winters does indeed capture a personality more anxious and self-doubting than previous biographers have grasped." --The Washington Post "Meticulously presents the facts of Shepard's complex life along with incisive descriptions and analyses of diverse productions of Shepard's demanding and innovative plays . . . Winters portrays Shepard as a magnetic, enigmatic, and multitalented artist drawing on a deep well of loneliness and self-questioning, keen attunement to the zeitgeist, and penetrating insight into human nature." --Booklist (starred review)
About the Author
John J. Winters is a veteran journalist, critic, and academic who has made Sam Shepard the focus of his scholarship. In addition to working for The Boston Globe and countless newspapers, Winters has placed work in Playboy, Salon, the Providence Journal, Art New England, The Providence Phoenix, Runner's World, and Rhode Island Monthly. He is a regular contributor of reviews and commentary to Boston's National Public Radio affiliate, WBUR.