Albee was born in Washington DC, but was adopted two weeks later and in Westchester County , New York brought. Albee's father owned a number of theaters, where Edward often hung around. He began writing plays when he was 30.
The pieces of Edward Albee are unmistakably unique. One of his main influences Samuel Beckett was and he is considered one of the first American playwrights of the absurdity . His style is not as surreal as those of many absurdisten, but the pieces of Albee point to the philosophy that life is inherently absurd.
He received the Gold Medal for Drama from the American Academy and Institute of Arts and Letters in 1980 , and in 1996 the Kennedy Center Honors and the National Medal of Arts.He also won three times the Pulitzer Prize for drama for the pieces A Delicate Balance (1966), Seascape (1974) and Three Tall Women (1990-91).
Many works by Albee in Dutch translated by Ernst van Altena .
- The Zoo Story (1958)
- The Death of Bessie Smith (1959)
- The Sandbox (1959)
- Fam and Yam (1959)
- The American Dream (1960)
- Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? (1961, Tony Award )
- The Ballad of the Sad Cafe (1963)
- Tiny Alice (1964)
- Malcolm (1965)
- A Delicate Balance (1966)
- Everything of the Garden (1967)
- Box (1968)
- Sandbox (1968)
- All Over (1971)
- Seascape (1974)
- Listening (1975)
- Counting the Ways (1976)
- The Lady from Dubuque (1977)
- Lolita (the novel by Vladimir Nabokov ) (1981)
- The Man who had Three Arms (1981)
- Finding the Sun (1982)
- Marriage Play (1987)
- Three Tall Women (1991)
- The Lorca Play (1992)
- Fragments (1993)
- The Play about the Baby (1996)
- The Goat, or Who Is Sylvia? (2000, Tony Award )
- Occupant (2001)
- Peter and Jerry (2004)