Edward Franklin Albee: Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?

(2033 words)

Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? dramatizes the progression towards an apparent watershed in the turbulent life of a middle-aged couple: Martha is the daughter of the president of a backwater New England college; her husband George, a history lecturer at the same college, has failed to be considered a suitable successor to Martha's father because he is something of a misfit and is ultimately more interested in creative writing and provoking those around him than in rising through the ranks of academia. He nonetheless feels hampered by Martha's father and by her incessant reminders that he is, in her eyes, “a great big flop”. The play represents a dreadful climactic evening as two young guests come for dinner. Nick and Honey …

Please log in to consult the article in its entirety. If you are a member (student of staff) of a subscribing institution (see List), you should be able to access the LE on campus directly (without the need to log in), and off-campus either via the institutional log in we offer, or via your institution's remote access facilities, or by creating a personal user account with your institutional email address. If you are not a member of a subscribing institution, you will need to purchase a personal subscription. For more information on how to subscribe as an individual user, please see under Individual Subcriptions.

Citation:
Martiny, Erik. "Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 30 October 2007
[http://www.litencyc.com/php/sworks.php?rec=true&UID=8777, accessed 29 August 2015.]