Literary Birthday – 12 March – Edward Albee

Edward Albee was born 12 March 1928 and died 16 September 2016.

Seven Quotes

  1. The most profound indication of social malignancy … no sense of humour. None of the monoliths could take a joke.
  2. A play is fiction – and fiction is fact distilled into truth.
  3. Few sensible authors are happy discussing the creative process — it is, after all, black magic, and may lose its power if we look that particular gift horse too closely in the mouth.
  4. Sincerity doesn’t mean anything. A person can be sincere and be more destructive than a person who is insincere.
  5. What I mean by an educated taste is someone who has the same tastes that I have.
  6. Good writers define reality; bad ones merely restate it. A good writer turns fact into truth; a bad writer will, more often than not, accomplish the opposite.
  7. What people really want in the theatre is fantasy involvement and not reality involvement.

Edward Albee was an American playwright. He is known for works like The Zoo StoryThe Sandbox, and Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?

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Posted on: 12th March 2014