From the "angry young man" who wrote Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf in 1962, determined to expose the emptiness of American experience to Tiny Alice which reveals his indebtedness to Samuel Beckett and Eugene Ionesco's Theatre of the Absurd, Edward Albee's varied work makes it difficult to label him precisely. Bruce Mann and his contributors approach Albee as an innovator in theatrical form, filling a critical gap in theatrical scholarship.
Bruce J. Mann is an associate professor and Chair of the English Department at Oakland University in Rochester, Michigan. He teaches drama and modern literature and has served as a dramaturg for the university's Meadow Brook Theatre. He has published articles on Tennessee Williams, Eugene O'Neill, Arthur Miller and Sam Shepard.
"A retrospective by Albee critic Anne Palucci has much to recommend it, especially as it explores the influence of Pirandello." -- Thomas E. Luddy, Library Journal
"A strong entry on Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf pushed historical analogies further than before." -- Library Journal