“[A] new, thoroughly researched biography. Winters does indeed capture a personality more anxious and self-doubting than previous biographers have grasped.” — The Washington Post
John on the loss of Philip Roth for WBUR. "Mixing existential dread and outright silliness..."
John weighs in for WBUR on the death of writer Tom Wolfe. "His stories were alive on the page..." Read here.
"[A] literary fact-finding mission..."— Playbill
"[An] excellent biography... Mr. Winters has an interesting story to tell, and he recounts it ably, bringing us close to a figure who, he admits, avoids intimacy." — Wall Street Journal
"Thanks to this fine biography, I feel I 'knew' Shepard well, as an amazing artist who blended his ceaseless creative drive with personal integrity that rarely wavered... John J. Winters gives us an engrossing view of a quirkily remarkable guy... Winters displays his expertise as a longtime Shepard scholar, yet never forgets to tell a good story, as well... Hand in hand with the sobering news of his passing, this excellent book should inspire readers to revisit the Sam Shepard canon, both in print and on celluloid. This singular man’s legacy deserves no less. — TheaterJones
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SAM SHEPARD: A LIFE ARE HERE.
"Using his unsurpassed knowledge of the various Shepard archives and the contents of his interviews of those involved in Shepard’s life and career, Winters shows us connections between the playwright’s life and works and provides details about his various relationships with women—including the rise and fall and mild rise again of his involvement with actress Jessica Lange." ― Kirkus
Sam Shepard: A Life is now available in paperback (including a new epilogue).
"Highly recommended to theater and movie lovers." — Library Journal