Sam Shepard: A Life is now available in paperback (including a new epilogue).

JohN J. Winters



Thanks to all came out to "Bio Night" at WORD in Brooklyn. Lots of fun with the folks from At the Inkwell. Great store, too. (Photo: Karen Callan)

"[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

"Highly recommended to theater and movie lovers." — Library Journal

“[A] new, thoroughly researched biography. Winters does indeed capture a personality more anxious and self-doubting than previous biographers have grasped.” — The Washington Post

"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

"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