A. R. Gurney

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A. R. Gurney (born November 1, 1930) born as Albert Ramsdell Gurney Jr, sometimes credited as Pete Gurney is an American playwright and novelist.[1] He is known for works including Love Letters, The Cocktail Hour, The Dining Room and Sweet Sue. Gurney currently shares dual residency in both New York and Connecticut.


Born in Buffalo, New York, Gurney, a graduate of St. Paul's School (Concord, New Hampshire), attended Williams College and the Yale School of Drama, after which he began teaching Humanities at MIT. He began writing plays such as Scenes from American Life, Children, and The Middle Ages while at MIT, but it was his great success with The Dining Room that allowed him to write full-time. Since The Dining Room, Gurney has written a number of plays, most of them concerning WASPs of the American northeast. While at Yale, Gurney also wrote the musical: Love in Buffalo. This was the first musical ever produced at the Yale School of Drama.

Gurney's latest play is "The Grand Manner," a play about his real life encounter with famed actress Katharine Cornell in her production of Shakespeare's Antony and Cleopatra. The play was produced and performed by Lincoln Center for the summer of 2010.[2] It was also produced in Buffalo by the Kavinoky Theatre.

Gurney has also written several novels, including:

Gurney has also appeared in several of his plays including The Dining Room and most notably Love Letters.

Dennis Howard and Heather McRae in the US Premiere of CHILDREN, by A.R. Gurney, directed by Keith Fowler, Virginia Museum Theater, 1976

In 2006, Gurney was elected a member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters.


Most of these plays are published by Broadway Play Publishing Inc., Dramatists Play Service, Samuel French, Inc., Samuel French Ltd., and Smith & Kraus Publishing.

Awards and honors[edit]

In 2007, Gurney received the PEN/Laura Pels International Foundation for Theater Award as a master American dramatist.


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