December 2, 2014

Dec 2

Buried Child

Sam Shepard


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First edition, signed on title-page. Shepard’s Pulitzer Prize winning drama of a dysfunctional Middle American family—and the corruption of the American Dream—launched his reputation. It enjoyed several stagings, and, as Shepard notes here on the flyleaf, “This entire play was re-written & subsequently published by Vintage Press for the ’89 Steppenwolf production which was done on Broadway. S. Shepard 6/24/14 (Va.)” he has misremembered the year of that production, however, which was 1996, rather than “’89.” Gary Sinise directed the production, which starred Leo Burmester and James Gannon.

SHEPARD, Sam (b. 1943). Buried Child. Seduced. Suicide in Bb. New York: Urizen Books, 1979. 8°. Original cloth-backed boards; dust jacket.



Sam Shepard ranks as one of America’s most celebrated dramatists. He has written nearly 50 plays and has seen his work produced across the nation, in venues ranging from Greenwich Village coffee shops to regional professional and community theaters, from college campuses to commercial Broadway houses. His plays are regularly anthologized, and theatre professors teach Sam Shepard as a canonical American author. Outside of his stage work, Shepard has achieved fame as an actor, writer, and director in the film industry. With a career that now spans nearly 40 years, he has gained the critical regard, media attention, and iconic status enjoyed by only a rare few in American theatre. Throughout his career, Shepard has amassed numerous grants, prizes, fellowships, and awards, including the Cannes Palme d’Or and the Pulitzer Prize. He has received abundant popular praise and critical adulation. While an assessment of Shepard’s standing may evidence occasional hyperbole, there can be little doubt that he has spoken in a compelling way to American theatre audiences, and that his plays have found deep resonance in the nation’s cultural imagination.