Wendy Wasserstein (2693 words)

Michael Taub (SUNY, Purchase College)
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In the past two decades Wendy Wasserstein has emerged as one of America’s leading playwrights. Her many awards include a Pulitzer and a Tony. Wasserstein was born in 1950, in Brooklyn, New York, a place where first and second generation Jewish emigrants worked very hard at achieving the “American dream ” and where men went to work in the morning and women took care of the home and children. In many ways her parents lived a conventional life but her father, although he did go to work every day, was far from average: by inventing a new fabric he became a successful textile manufacturer. While her mother did stay home with four children, she preferred eating out to cooking, flashy clothes to the apron, dancing and the arts to sitting …

Citation: Taub, Michael. "Wendy Wasserstein". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 15 May 2005 [https://www.litencyc.com/php/speople.php?rec=true&UID=4620, accessed 03 October 2022.]

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