Sam Shepard: Contribution as American Author

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      Samuel Shepard Rogers (1943-2017), was born in Sheridan, Illinois. He was raised in California and was educated in the University of California. Sometimes, he was obscure and undisciplined but he arguably the most acclaimed dramatist with more than 40 plays to his credit. He chose the subject matter ranging from myths of the American West, American stereotypes, the Death or Betrayal of the American Dream, the travail of the family, to the search for roots. Sheppard defies any sort of classification.

       Rogers, first produced plays were Cowboys and The Rock Garden (1964). His major works include - La Turista (1966), The Tooth of the Crime (1972), a rock drama written during a four-year residency in London: Curse of Starving Class (1976), A Buried Child (1978) for which he won the Pulitzer Prize. True West, is a trilogy exploring the relationship of Americans to their land, their family and their history. Other plays are - Fool for Love (1979), A Lie of the Mind (1985) The States of Shock (1991), an ambiguous look at post-Vietnam America. This was followed by Simpatico (1994) and The Late Henry Moss (2001). His screen plays won him the Golden Palm Award at the 1985 Cannes Film Festival. A Collection of stories Greaf Dream of Heaven appeared in 2002.

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