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Sam Shepard

Sam Shepard is the Pulitzer Prize–winning author of more than 55 plays and three story collections. As an actor, he has appeared in more than 60 films and received an Oscar nomination in 1984 for The Right Stuff. Shepard was a finalist for the W. H. Smith Literary Award for his story collection Great Dream of Heaven. In 2012 he was awarded an honorary degree from Trinity College Dublin. He is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters, received the Gold Medal for Drama from the Academy, and has been inducted into the Theater Hall of Fame.

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Buried Child
Written by Sam Shepard
Vintage | Trade Paperback | February 2006
$15.00/18.00(Canada) | 978-0-307-27497-7 (0-307-27497-7)

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 in 1978.

A scene of madness greets Vince and his girlfriend as they arrive at the squalid farmhouse of Vince’s hard-drinking grandparents, who seem to have... Read more

Cruising Paradise
Written by Sam Shepard
Vintage | Trade Paperback | June 1997
$15.00/18.00(Canada) | 978-0-679-74217-3 (0-679-74217-4)

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

Day out of Days
Written by Sam Shepard
Vintage | Trade Paperback | February 2011
$15.00/17.00(Canada) | 978-0-307-27782-4 (0-307-27782-8)

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...

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Fifteen One-Act Plays
Written by Sam Shepard
Vintage | Trade Paperback | August 2012
$16.00/19.00(Canada) | 978-0-345-80276-7 (0-345-80276-4)

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

Fool for Love and Other Plays
Written by Sam Shepard
Dial Press Trade Paperback | Trade Paperback | November 1984
$16.00/19.95(Canada) | 978-0-553-34590-2 (0-553-34590-7)

Here are eight of Pulitzer-prizewinning Sam Shepard's most stunning plays. This brilliant American dramatist creates what The New Yorker dubbed "Shepard Country"--a landscape of the imagination, a unique theatrical experience that captures our culture and consciouness, our fears and fantasies.


The God of Hell
Written by Sam Shepard
Vintage | Trade Paperback | April 2005
$13.00/17.00(Canada) | 978-1-4000-9651-0 (1-4000-9651-0)

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

Great Dream of Heaven
Written by Sam Shepard
Vintage | Trade Paperback | November 2003
$14.00/17.00(Canada) | 978-0-375-70452-9 (0-375-70452-3)

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

Written by Sam Shepard
Vintage | Trade Paperback | October 2013
$15.00/17.00(Canada) | 978-0-345-80680-2 (0-345-80680-8)

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

Kicking a Dead Horse
Written by Sam Shepard
Vintage | Trade Paperback | June 2008
$14.00/17.00(Canada) | 978-0-307-38682-3 (0-307-38682-1)

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

The Late Henry Moss, Eyes for Consuela, When the World Was Green
Written by Sam Shepard
Vintage | Trade Paperback | November 2002
$16.00/19.00(Canada) | 978-1-4000-3079-8 (1-4000-3079-X)

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

The One Inside
Written by Sam Shepard, Foreword by Patti Smith
Knopf | Hardcover | February 2017
$25.95/34.95(Canada) | 978-0-451-49458-0 (0-451-49458-X)

The first work of long fiction from the Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright—a tour de force of memory, mystery, death, and life.

This searing, extraordinarily evocative narrative opens with a man in his house at dawn, surrounded by aspens, coyotes cackling in the distance as he quietly navigates the distance between present... Read more

A Particle of Dread
Written by Sam Shepard
Vintage | Trade Paperback | March 2017
$15.00/21.00(Canada) | 978-1-101-97439-1 (1-101-97439-7)

In A Particle of Dread, Sam Shepard takes one of the most famous plays in history—Oedipus Rex—and transforms it into a modern American classic. In this telling, Oedipus, King of Thebes, prophesized to kill his father and marry his mother, alternates between his classical identity and that of contemporary “Otto.” His... Read more

Sam Shepard: Seven Plays
Written by Sam Shepard, Introduction by Richard Gilman
Dial Press Trade Paperback | Trade Paperback | May 1984
$17.00/23.00(Canada) | 978-0-553-34611-4 (0-553-34611-3)

Brilliant, prolific, uniquely American, Pulitzer prizewinning playwright Sam Separd is a major voice in contemporary theatre. And here are seven of his very best.

"One of the most original, prolific and gifted dramatists at work today."—The New Yorker

"The greatest American playwright of his generation...the most inventive in language and revolutionary in craft... Read more

Written by Sam Shepard
Vintage | Trade Paperback | April 1996
$12.00/15.00(Canada) | 978-0-679-76317-8 (0-679-76317-1)

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

States of Shock, Far North, and Silent Tongue
Written by Sam Shepard
Vintage | Trade Paperback | May 1993
$15.00/17.00(Canada) | 978-0-679-74218-0 (0-679-74218-2)

In his latest play, States of Shock, Sam Shepard turns a bizarre anniversary party into a grisly yet hilarious reopening of the wounds of war, sex, and family betrayal. This volume also includes Shepard's screenplay for the film Far North and the forthcoming film Silent Tongue. Read more

Tooth of Crime
Written by Sam Shepard
Vintage | Trade Paperback | February 2006
$13.00/17.50(Canada) | 978-0-307-27498-4 (0-307-27498-5)

One of the plays that first announced Sam Shepard as an original voice in American theater, Tooth of Crime is his thrillingly innovative rock drama, published here in a revised edition that is as fresh and provocative as the original was more than thirty years ago.

An aging rock star in a... Read more