Lanford Wilson

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  • Raymond Schultz (University of Minnesota, Morris)

Lanford Eugene Wilson was born on April 13, 1937, in Lebanon, a small town in rural Missouri. His family was poor, and when he was five his mother took a job in a garment factory in Springfield, 50 miles away. His father deserted them and moved to California, eventually remarrying and starting another family. His mother also remarried when Wilson was thirteen; his stepfather, a dairy inspector, although by no means abusive, did not particularly bond with the boy. This fractured family structure represents a central motif in the majority of Wilson’s writing, namely the human impulse to belong to a family unit, whether nuclear or extended. In an interview Wilson admits: “A friend of mine once told me that in all my work I&…

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Citation:
Schultz, Raymond. "Lanford Wilson". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 24 August 2010
[http://www.litencyc.com/php/speople.php?rec=true&UID=5739, accessed 26 October 2014.]


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