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Early Work

Materials from Shepard's early work

In the early 1960s, a 20-year-old Californian named Samuel Shepard Rogers IV hit the road for New York and remade himself as Sam Shepard, a fiercely rebellious one-act off-Broadway playwright. After a three-year relocation to England in the early 1970s with his wife O-Lan, he returned to the States for one of the most interesting second acts in American life: chronicling Bob Dylan's Rolling Thunder Revue, reinventing himself as the master of the complex family drama with plays like Curse of the Starving Class, Buried Child, and True West and becoming a Hollywood movie star.


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