Sam Shepard | Critical Essay by Richard Gilman

This literature criticism consists of approximately 23 pages of analysis & critique of Sam Shepard.
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Critical Essay by Richard Gilman

SOURCE: An introduction to Sam Shepard: Seven Plays, Bantam Books, 1981, pp. ix-xxv.

Gilman is an American critic, editor, and educator whose books include The Confusion of Realms (1969) and The Making of Modern Drama (1974). In the following essay, he outlines biographical and cultural influences on Shepard's work and finds that the search for identity is a central theme in the author's plays.

Dust jacket for the 1986 edition of The Unseen Hand and Other Plays. Dust jacket for the 1986 edition of The Unseen Hand and Other Plays.

Not many critics would dispute the proposition that Sam Shepard is our most interesting and exciting American playwright.

Fewer, however, can articulate just where the interest and excitement lie. There is an extraordinarily limited and homogeneous vocabulary of critical writing about Shepard, a thin lexicon of both praise and detraction. Over and over one sees his work described as ";powerful";—";brutally"; or ";grimly"; or ";oddly"; powerful...

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