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Sam Shepard
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Sam Shepard is the Pulitzer Prize–winning author of more than forty-five plays. As an actor, he has appeared in more than thirty films, receiving an Oscar nomination in 1984 for The Right Stuff. He was a finalist for the W. H. Smith Literary Award for his story collection Great Dream of Heaven. He lives in New York and Kentucky.

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Buried Child

Written by Sam Shepard


Format: Trade Paperback, 128 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: February 14, 2006
Price: $14.00

A newly revised edition of an American classic, Sam Shepard’s Pulitzer Prize—winning Buried Child is as fierce and unforgettable as it was when it was first produced more than twenty-five years ago.

The setting is a squalid farm home occupied by a family filled with a history of suppressed violence and an... Read more >
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Buried Child

Written by Sam Shepard


Format: eBook, 128 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: June 10, 2009
Price: $11.99

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Cruising Paradise
Tales
Written by Sam Shepard


Format: Trade Paperback, 256 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: June 24, 1997
Price: $15.00

Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright, actor, ex-cowboy, and musician Sam Shepard now stands revealed as a storyteller of dazzling artistry. Bleak and wildly funny, touching but stringently unsentimental, these stories give readers a most intimate view of the writer who has become synonymous with the recklessness, stoicism, and solitude of American manhood. Read more >

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Day out of Days
Stories
Written by Sam Shepard


Format: Trade Paperback, 304 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: February 8, 2011
Price: $15.00

From one of our most acclaimed writers: a collection of tales set mainly in the American West, written with the terse lyricism, cinematic detail, and wry humor that have become Sam Shepard’s trademarks.

A man traveling down Highway 90 West gets trapped alone overnight inside a Cracker Barrel restaurant, where he is... Read more >

Day Out of Days
Stories
Written by Sam Shepard


Format: eBook, 304 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: January 12, 2010
Price: $11.99

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Fifteen One-Act Plays

Written by Sam Shepard


Format: eBook, 432 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: August 14, 2012
Price: $11.99

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Fifteen One-Act Plays

Written by Sam Shepard


Format: Trade Paperback, 400 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: August 14, 2012
Price: $16.00

Filled with wry, dark humor, unparalleled imagination, unforgettable characters, and exquisitely crafted storytelling, Sam Shepard’s plays have earned him enormous acclaim over the past five decades. In these fifteen one-acts, we see him at his best, displaying his trademark ability to portray human relationships, love, and lust with rare authenticity. These... Read more >
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Fool for Love and Other Plays

Written by Sam Shepard


Format: Trade Paperback, 320 pages
Publisher: Dial Press Trade Paperback
On Sale: November 1, 1984
Price: $16.00

Eight plays by Pulitzer Prize-winner Sam Shepard, including Fool for Love, Angel City, Geography of a Horse Dreamer, Action, Cowboy Mouth, Melodrama Play, Seduced, and Suicide in B-Flat. "Sam Shepard is phenomenal...the best practicing American playwright."--The New Republic Read more >

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The God of Hell

Written by Sam Shepard


Format: Trade Paperback, 112 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: April 12, 2005
Price: $12.00

Pulitzer Prize winner Sam Shepard’s latest play is an uproarious, brilliantly provocative farce that brings the gifts of a quintessentially American playwright to bear on the current American dilemma.

Frank and Emma are a quiet, respectable couple who raise cows on their Wisconsin farm. Soon after they agree to put up Frank’s... Read more >
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The God of Hell

Written by Sam Shepard


Format: eBook, 112 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: February 10, 2010
Price: $10.99

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Great Dream of Heaven
Stories
Written by Sam Shepard


Format: Trade Paperback, 160 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: November 11, 2003
Price: $14.00

In eighteen stories unlike any in our contemporary literature, Sam Shepard explores the vast and rugged American West with the same parched intensity that has made him “the great playwright of his generation” (The New York Times).

A boy watches a “remedy man” tame a wild stallion, a contest that mirrors his... Read more >
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Great Dream of Heaven
Stories
Written by Sam Shepard


Format: eBook, 160 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: December 18, 2007
Price: $9.99

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Heartless
A Play
Written by Sam Shepard


Format: Trade Paperback, 128 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: October 8, 2013
Price: $15.00

When Roscoe, a 65-year-old Cervantes scholar, runs off with a young woman named Sally, he decides to stay a while in her family home. Soon he discovers that Sally’s house—once inhabited by James Dean; perched precariously over the San Fernando valley—is filled with secrets, sadness, and haunted women who cannot leave... Read more >
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Heartless
A Play
Written by Sam Shepard


Format: eBook, 112 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: October 8, 2013
Price: $10.99

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Kicking a Dead Horse

Written by Sam Shepard


Format: Trade Paperback, 84 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: June 10, 2008
Price: $14.00

A solitary man digs a hole in the ground, near a dead horse. Amidst the clutter of food and equipment stands Hobart Struther, who has ridden all the way out to the middle of nowhere on a holy mission. But one day into his “Great Sojourn,” things are looking bleak. His... Read more >
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Kicking a Dead Horse

Written by Sam Shepard


Format: eBook, 80 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: April 20, 2011
Price: $8.99

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The Late Henry Moss, Eyes for Consuela, When the World Was Green
Three Plays
Written by Sam Shepard


Format: Trade Paperback, 240 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: November 12, 2002
Price: $16.00

These three plays by Pulitzer Prize winner Sam Shepard are bold, explosive, and ultimately redemptive dramas propelled by family secrets and illuminated by a searching intelligence.

In The Late Henry Moss—which premiered in San Francisco, starring Sean Penn and Nick Nolte—two estranged brothers confront the past as they piece together the drunken... Read more >
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The Late Henry Moss, Eyes for Consuela, When the World Was Green
Three Plays
Written by Sam Shepard


Format: eBook, 240 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: March 12, 2009
Price: $13.99

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Sam Shepard: Seven Plays

Written by Sam Shepard
Introduction by Richard Gilman


Format: Trade Paperback, 368 pages
Publisher: Dial Press Trade Paperback
On Sale: May 1, 1984
Price: $16.00

Introduction by Richard Gilman. A representative collection of plays by Sam Shepard. Includes Pulitzer Prize-winning Buried Child; Curse of the Starving Class; The Tooth of Crime; La Turista; True West; Tongues and Savage Love.

"My particular focus is [the play] True West. Students love the archetypal connections to Cain and Abel, the... Read more >

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Simpatico

Written by Sam Shepard


Format: Trade Paperback, 144 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: April 30, 1996
Price: $12.00

Set within the netherworld of thoroughbred racing, this hair-raisingly funny new play by the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of True West explores the classical themes of memory, loyalty, and restitution. Simpatico launches readers into regions where high society meets the low life, and where, as one of the main characters observes, "someone... Read more >
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Simpatico

Written by Sam Shepard


Format: eBook
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: December 23, 2009
Price: $10.99

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States of Shock, Far North, and Silent Tongue

Written by Sam Shepard


Format: Trade Paperback, 208 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: May 4, 1993
Price: $15.00

Sam Shepard's works for theater and film tear through the envelope between prose and poetry; between pop culture and myth; between external reality and the deep reservoir of America's dreams and nightmares. In Shepard's States of Shock, a nostalgic colonel and his mutilated guest celebrate a bizarre anniversary--and in the process... Read more >

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Tooth of Crime
Second Dance
Written by Sam Shepard


Format: Trade Paperback, 112 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: February 14, 2006
Price: $12.00

First presented in 1972, Tooth of Crime is one of the plays that announced Sam Shepard as an original voice in American theater. A provocative and unconventional musical-fantasy that raises questions about the nature of fame and authenticity, it is presented here in a revised edition —Tooth of Crime (Second Dance).

Tooth... Read more >
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Tooth of Crime
Second Dance
Written by Sam Shepard


Format: eBook, 112 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: August 4, 2010
Price: $9.99

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The Unseen Hand
And Other Plays
Written by Sam Shepard


Format: eBook
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: September 30, 2009
Price: $13.99

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