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Margaret Edson Biography | Author of Wit

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Margaret Edson, author of the Pulitzer Prize-winning play Wit, was born in Washington, D.C., on July 4,1961. Her mother, a medical social worker, and her father, a newspaper columnist, both encouraged Edson's leanings toward drama, which she pursued throughout high school.

Edson went to Smith College, where she majored in Renaissance history and graduated magna cum laude. Undecided about a career, Edson decided to travel for a few years. She first went to Iowa City and sold hotdogs during the day and waited tables at a bar at night Her next stop was Rome, where she spent a year painting the walls of a contemplative, French Dominican convent. Upon returning to Washington, D.C, Edson sold ice cream.

In 1985, Edson became a clerk on a cancer and AIDS ward at the National Cancer Institute in Bethesda, Maryland. In an article by Susan Lowell Butler in USA Today, Edson...

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