Event Date: Thursday, May 11, 2017, 7:00 pm
Sam Shepard: A Life
About Sam Shepard: A Life
With more than fifty-five plays to his credit—including the 1979 Pulitzer Prize–winning Buried Child—an Oscar nod for his portrayal of Chuck Yeager in The Right Stuff, and an onscreen persona that’s been aptly summed up as “Gary Cooper in denim,” Sam Shepard’s impact on American theater and film ranks with the greatest playwrights and actors of the past half-century.
In Sam Shepard: A Life, Winters tells the story of this much-admired artist, from his earliest days in Illinois, to his formative years in Southern California, to his triumphs, first as a dramatist, then as a much-sought-after actor. Relying on dozens of interviews and using newly available letters and archival material, John shows readers a side of this enigmatic artist that is rarely seen. The book features “cameos” by Bob Dylan, Patti Smith, Jessica Lange, Woody Allen, Wim Wenders and many others who have played a role in Shepard’s personal and professional life.