Adrienne Kennedy Biography | Author of Funnyhouse of a Negro

Adrienne Kennedy
This Study Guide consists of approximately 50 pages of chapter summaries, quotes, character analysis, themes, and more - everything you need to sharpen your knowledge of Funnyhouse of a Negro.
This section contains 360 words
(approx. 1 page at 400 words per page)
Buy the Funnyhouse of a Negro Study Guide

Kennedy was born Adrienne Hawkins on September 13, 1931, in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. She was raised in an ethnically diverse neighborhood in Cleveland, Ohio, where her father worked as a social worker and her mother was a schoolteacher.

When Kennedy entered Ohio State University in 1949, she experienced racism for the first time. Upon graduation in 1953, with a B.A. in education, Kennedy married Joseph C. Kennedy; the couple had two sons together before their divorce in 1966.

Kennedy began writing plays as early as the mid-1950s. When her husband returned from serving in the Korean War, the couple moved to New York City. She began her graduate studies in creative writing at various institutions and some of her fiction was published in the early 1960s.

To gain entrance into playwright Edward Albee' s workshop at Circle in the Square Theatre, Kennedy submitted two of her plays. One was called Funnyhouse of...

(read more from the Author Biography section)

This section contains 360 words
(approx. 1 page at 400 words per page)
Buy the Funnyhouse of a Negro Study Guide
Copyrights
Drama for Students
Funnyhouse of a Negro from Drama for Students. ©2005-2006 Thomson Gale, a part of the Thomson Corporation. All rights reserved.