NEW YORK - Three-time Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Edward Albee has died in suburban New York City at age 88.
Albee challenged theatrical convention in masterworks such as "Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?" and "A Delicate Balance."
Albee assistant Jackob Holder says the playwright died Friday at his home on Long Island. No cause of death has been given.
Albee had been arguably America's greatest living playwright after the deaths of Arthur Miller and August Wilson in 2005.
Sharp-tongued humor and dark themes were the hallmarks of Albee's style. In more than 25 plays Albee skewered such mainstays of American culture as marriage, child-rearing, religion and upper-class comforts.
Albee taught a graduate advanced playwriting class at the University of Houston, according to the school's website.
In a statement released by the university, President Renu Khator said:
We are grateful for the years Edward Albee spent with the University of Houston. Through classes and workshops, he shared his creative insights with young writers eager to transfer their stories from the page to the stage. We are proud to say that, through his leadership, we’ve been able to leverage the arts as an engine to drive innovation and excellence.