Sam Shepard’s work spanned over half a century. He wrote 44 plays, several books of short stories, essays, and memoirs.
He received the Pulitzer Prize for Drama in 1979 for his play “Buried Child.” He was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for his portrayal of pilot Chuck Yeager in film “The Right Stuff” (1983).
Shepard received the PEN/Laura Pels International Foundation for Theater Award as a master American dramatist in 2009. New York magazine described him as “the greatest American playwright of his generation.
Shepard’s plays are known for their bleak, poetic, often surrealist elements, black humor, and rootless characters living on the outskirts of American society. His style evolved over the years, from the absurdism of his early off-off-Broadway work to the realism of “Buried Child” and “Curse of the Starving Class” (both 1978).
New York Times: Sam Shepard, Pulitzer-Winning Playwright and
Actor, Is Dead at 73
The Washington Post: Sam Shepard, Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright and Oscar-nominated actor, dies at 73
The Guardian: Sam Shepard, playwright and actor, dies age 73