Acclaimed playwright Edward Albee dies at 88

FILE - In this May 2, 1967, file photo, playwright Edward Albee, winner of the 1967 Pulitzer Prize for drama, for his play "A Delicate Balance," talks to reporters during a news conference at the Cherry Lane Theater in the Greenwich Village section of New York. The three-time Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright has died in suburban New York City at age 88. Albee assistant Jackob Holder says the playwright died Friday, Sept. 16, 2016, at his home on Long Island. No cause of death has been given. (AP Photo/File)
FILE - In this May 2, 1967, file photo, playwright Edward Albee, winner of the 1967 Pulitzer Prize for drama, for his play "A Delicate Balance," talks to reporters during a news conference at the Cherry Lane Theater in the Greenwich Village section of New York. The three-time Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright has died in suburban New York City at age 88. Albee assistant Jackob Holder says the playwright died Friday, Sept. 16, 2016, at his home on Long Island. No cause of death has been given. (AP Photo/File)

NEW YORK (AP) — Three-time Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Edward Albee has died in suburban New York City at age 88.

Albee challenged theatrical convention in masterworks such as “Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?” and “A Delicate Balance.”

Personal assistant Jackob Holder says Albee died Friday at his home on Long Island. No cause of death has been given.

In this March 13, 2008, file photo, Edward Albee is photographed during an interview in New York. The three-time Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright has died in suburban New York City at age 88. Albee assistant Jackob Holder says the playwright died Friday, Sept. 16, 2016, at his home on Long Island. No cause of death has been given.  (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer, File)
In this March 13, 2008, file photo, Edward Albee is photographed during an interview in New York. The three-time Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright has died in suburban New York City at age 88. Albee assistant Jackob Holder says the playwright died Friday, Sept. 16, 2016, at his home on Long Island. No cause of death has been given. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer, File)

Albee had been arguably America’s greatest living playwright after the deaths of Arthur Miller and August Wilson in 2005.

Sharp-tongued humor and dark themes were the hallmarks of Albee’s style. In more than 25 plays Albee skewered such mainstays of American culture as marriage, child-rearing, religion and upper-class comforts.

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