Mr. Albee, the Pulitzer-winning playwright of “Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?” and “Three Tall Women,” among others, charted the gap between self-delusion and truth in contemporary life. - From http://www.nytimes.com/2016/09/17/arts/edward-albee-playwright-of-a-desperate-generation-dies-at-88.html?smid=tw-nytimes&smtyp=cur&_r=0
In a 2011 interview at the Arena Stage in Washington with the director Molly Smith, he said that his mother had thrown out his first play — he described it as “a three-act sex farce” — which he wrote at age 14.
But in New York the play was rejected several times before the Actors Studio agreed to stage a single performance; afterward, Norman Mailer, who was in the audience, declared it “the best one-act play I’ve ever seen.” When “The Zoo Story” opened for a commercial run at the Provincetown Playhouse in January 1960, reviews were mixed.
Albee espoused the view that would become his credo: that theatergoers should be challenged to confront situations and ideas that lie outside their comfort zones.
Albee to prominence, and for the next 20 years he continued to be productive, turning out provocative work, including “The Goat” and “The Play About the Baby,” and witnessing (or directing himself) revivals of earlier plays on Broadway and in regional theaters.
He recalled the feeling he had at the very beginning of his career, after he had finished writing “The Zoo Story.” “For the first time in my life when I wrote that play, I realized I had written something that wasn’t bad,” he said.