Edward Albee

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Edward Albee was born in Washington, DC on March 12, 1928. When he was two weeks old, Albee was adopted by millionaire couple Reed and Frances Albee. The Albees named their son after his paternal grandfather, Edward Franklin Albee, a powerful producer who had made the family fortune as a partner in the Keith-Albee Theater Circuit. Young Edward was raised by his adoptive parents in Westchester, New York. Because of his father's and grandfather's involvement in the theatre business, Albee was exposed to theatre and well-known personalities throughout his childhood. From early on, Albees mother Frances tried to groom her son to be a respectable member of New York society. The Albees' affluence meant that Albee childhood was filled with servants and tutors. The family Rolls Royce took him to afternoon matinees, he took riding lessons, vacationed in Miami in the winter, and learned to sail in Long Island in the summer. In 1940, twelve-year-old Albee entered the Lawrenceville School, a prestigious boys' preparatory school. During his high school days, he shocked school officials by writing a three-act sex act called Aliqueen. At the age of fifteen, the Lawrenceville School dismissed Albee for cutting classes. Hoping to inspire his son in some discipline,Reed Albee enrolled Albee at the Valley Forge Military Academy. Within a year, Valley Forge had dismissed Albee as well. Ultimately, Albee attended Choate from 1944 to 1946. Even as a teenager, Edward Albee presented himself as a prolific writer. In 1945, his poem "Eighteen" was published in the Texas literary magazine Kaleidoscope. His senior year at Choate, Edward's Albee first published play appeared in the school literary magazine. After graduating from Choate, Albee enrolled at Trinity College, a small liberal arts school in Hartford, Connecticut. While there Edward got on his mother nerves by associating with artists whom she found unacceptable. During his days at Trinity College, Albee gained lots of theatre experience although it was as an actor, rather than a writer. During his sophomore year, in 1947, nineteen-year-old Albee was dismissed from yet another school. This time, Trinity College claimed that he had failed to attend Chapel and certain classes. Despite his mother's objections, Albee moved to New York City's artsy Greenwich Village at the age of twenty. He supported himself by writing music programs for the radio. In 1953, young Albee met playwright Thornton Wilder. Later, he credited Wilder with inspiring him to become a playwright.

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