"John Winters offers a master class in literary sleuthing, untangling the many lives and unearthing the origin story of America's foremost Renaissance man of letters." --Kelly Horan, coauthor of Devotion and DefianceThe first comprehensive biography of Sam Shepard in 30 years draws on newly available letters and journals, as well as dozens of interviews--now with a new epilogue, added by the author after Shepard's untimely death in July of 2017 With more than fifty-five plays to his credit--including the 1979 Pulitzer Prize-winning Buried Child, an Oscar nod for his portrayal of Chuck Yeager in The Right Stuff, and an onscreen persona that's been aptly summed up as "Gary Cooper in denim"--Sam Shepard's impact on American theater and film ranks with the greatest playwrights and actors of the past half-century. Sam Shepard: A Life gets to the heart of Sam Shepard, presenting a compelling and comprehensive account of his life and work. In a new epilogue, added by the author after Shepard's untimely death in July of 2017, John J. Winters offers a glimpse into the enigmatic author's last days, when very few knew he was suffering from ALS.
About the Author
John J. Winters is a veteran journalist, critic, and academic who has made Sam Shepard the focus of his scholarship. In addition to working for The Boston Globe and countless newspapers, Winters has placed work in Playboy, Salon, the Providence Journal, Art New England, The Providence Phoenix, Runner's World, and Rhode Island Monthly. He is a regular contributor of reviews and commentary to Boston's National Public Radio affiliate, WBUR.