American playwright born in Illinois in 1943. He was raised in California, where they still reside. His first works were plays short, starting with Cowboys and The Rock Garden (1964). The tourist (1967) was his first long work. Contemporary American, and The Starving Class (1978) quickly followed other productions of his prolific writing, among which are The Tooth of Crime (1972), a fantasy which deals with singers of rock-and-roll and that is a commentary on the social values in where it describes a lower-middle class family, symbolizing the chaos existing in the United States. Buried Child (1978, Pulitzer Prize) is from a family with a breakup even more macabre, since a son goes to visit with his wife to parent him and realizes that their parents do not know or remember you, so you think he is a thief and kicked out it of the home. True West (1979) is a tragicomic study of a modern situation between Cain and Abel in California. In this work two brothers are near the desert. One of them is Austin, a successful writer of film scripts, the other brother is Lee, who lives in the desert and is a drunk. Austin realizes that stories which Lee tells are wonderful and can serve you for your scripts. The two begin to feel some empathy: everyone would like to live the life of the other.
His works are marked by a feeling improvised due to how easy it is to move from the surreal to the real thing when it comes to the characters in situations that changed from the mythical to the abstract. He also wrote the screenplay Antonioni, Zabriskie Point (1965). In addition to his theatrical works, he also composed a book of short stories called Hawk Moon (1972).
Literature of United States of America.