A. R. Gurney (Albert Ramsdell Gurney, Jr.) (born November 1, 1930) is an American playwright and novelist. He is known for works including Love Letters, The Cocktail Hour, and The Dining Room. Gurney currently lives in both New York and Connecticut.
Born in Buffalo, New York, Gurney, a graduate of St. Paul's School (Concord, New Hampshire), attended Williams College and the Yale School of Drama, after which he began teaching Humanities at MIT. He began writing plays such as Scenes from American Life, Children, and The Middle Ages while at MIT, but it was his great success with The Dining Room that allowed him to write full-time. Since The Dining Room, Gurney has written a number of plays, most of them concerning WASPs of the American northeast. While at Yale, Gurney also wrote the musical: Love in Buffalo. This was the first musical ever produced at the Yale School of Drama.
Gurney's latest play is "The Grand Manner," a play about his real life encounter with famed actress Katharine Cornell in her production of Shakespeare's Antony and Cleopatra. The play was produced and performed by Lincoln Center for the summer of 2010. It was also produced in Buffalo by the Kavinoky Theatre.
Gurney has also written several novels, including:
The Snow Ball
The Gospel According to Joe
Entertaining Strangers ISBN 978-0-385-12551-2
Gurney has also appeared in several of his plays including The Dining Room and most notably Love Letters.
In 2006, Gurney was elected a member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters.
A Cheever Evening (based on stories by John Cheever)
The Cocktail Hour
The David Show
The Dining Room
The Fourth Wall
The Golden Age
The Golden Fleece
The Grand Manner
The Guest Lecturer
The Perfect Party
The Love Course
Love Letters ISBN 978-0452265011
The Middle Ages
The Old Boy
The Old One-Two
The Open Meeting
Scenes from American Life
The Snow Ball (based on his novel) ISBN 978-0-88184-214-2
The Wayside Motor Inn
What I Did Last Summer
Many of these plays are published by Broadway Play Publishing Inc., Smith & Kraus Publishing, and Dramatists Play Service.
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