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With more than 55 plays to his credit, including the 1979 Pulitzer Prize-winning Buried Child, Sam Shepard's impact on American theater ranks with the greatest playwrights of the past half-century. Critics have enthused that he "forged a whole new kind of American play," while younger playwrights venerate him - Suzan Lori Parks, herself a Pulitzer winner, calls Shepard her "gorgeous north star."

As an actor who's appeared in more than 50 feature films, Shepard possesses an onscreen persona that's been aptly summed up as "Gary Cooper in denim." He earned an Oscar nod for his portrayal of Chuck Yeager in the 1983 film The Right Stuff, and his screenplay for Paris, Texas helped that now-classic film sweep the top prizes at the Cannes Film Festival.

Despite these accomplishments and more - five collections of prose, writing songs with Bob Dylan, making films with Robert Frank and Michelangelo Antonioni, as well as romantic relationships with rocker Patti Smith and actress Jessica Lange - Shepard seems anything but satisfied. Sam Shepard: A Life details his lifelong bouts of insecurity and anxiety, and delves deeply into his relationship with his alcoholic father and his own battle with the bottle. Also examined for the first time in-depth are Shepard's tumultuous relationship with Lange, and his decades-long adherence to the teachings of Russian spiritualist G.I. Gurdjieff.

Throughout this new biography, John J. Winters gets to the heart of the enigma that is Sam Shepard, presenting an honest and comprehensive account of his life and work.

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John Winters

"This is a master at work..." - Publishers Weekly

John Winters was born and lives in Massachusetts. He spent more than a decade as a journalist and still contributes to select publications. His work has appeared in the Phoenix, Runner's World, The Boston Globe, NPR, Salon, Playboy, as well as daily papers across Southeastern Massachusetts and Web sites.

His short stories have appeared in literary journals.

John is an adjunct faculty member at Bridgewater State University, where he teaches writing and literature.

He is a graduate of Emerson College; he received his master's degree from Bridgewater State University.

Always more at www.johnjwinters.com. Twitter: @jjw12562 /
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