Acclaimed playwright Edward Albee dies at 88

In this Jan. 27, 1977, file photo, playwright Edward Albee, left, makes a point as director Paul Weidner, center, and actress Angela Lansbury look on during a news conference in Hartford, Conn. The three-time Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright, Albee 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)
In this Jan. 27, 1977, file photo, playwright Edward Albee, left, makes a point as director Paul Weidner, center, and actress Angela Lansbury look on during a news conference in Hartford, Conn. The three-time Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright, Albee 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.

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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