Biography - Edward Albee Albee was born on March 12, 1928, in Washington, D. C., and adopted at the age of two weeks by Reed and Frances Albee, who named him Edward after Reed’s father. This elder Edward held a substantial business interest
Biography - Edward Albee
Albee was born on March 12, 1928, in Washington, D. C., and adopted at the
age of two weeks by Reed and Frances Albee, who named him Edward after
Reed’s father. This elder Edward held a substantial business interest in a
chain of vaudeville theatres, and the family was very wealthy. Young
Edward’s early years were spent among servants, nurses, tutors, as the
family alternated between stays in the mansion in Larchmont, New York, and
extended winter holidays in Florida. He had, it seems, few friends his own age,
but he did own a variety of pets – cats, guinea pigs, a St.
His parents were, in several ways, a unique couple. His father, Reed, was a
small, quiet, apparently unassertive man. Frances Albee, on the other hand,
seems to have been loud, aggressive, domineering. She was also twenty-three
years younger and a foot taller than her husband. Other of Albee’s
biographers usually stress her love of riding and suggest that her usual daytime
wear was jodhpurs and a riding crop. Young Edward, who disliked riding,
apparently felt more at home with his grandmother (Mrs. Albee’s
Albee’s school record was, in the conventional sense, a very bad one.
Sent to a boarding school at the age of eleven, he was eventually dismissed from
it for cutting classes, ignoring his academic work, not playing compulsory
sports, and general bad behaviour. To encourage him toward greater
self-discipline, his mother sent him to the Valley Forge Military Academy.
Albee’s conduct, however, was apparently a problem that the resources of
the academy were not designed to cope with, and he left that school too, at the
school’s request. His next school was Choate, where, it seems, the
atmosphere was more congenial to him. For one thing, the school did not practice
repressive discipline; for another, his teachers were ready to encourage him to
write. Albee had written stories and [...]
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