D. L. Coburn

(b. 1938)

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born in East Baltimore, long resident in Dallas as an advertising writer, wrote his first play, The Gin Game, had it successfully produced in a small Los Angeles theater (1976) and then on Broadway (1977). It was awarded a Pulitzer Prize for drama (1978), and published (1979). The two-character, two-act play depicts a series of gin rummy games between a man and a woman living in a home for old people, whose contests (always won by her) reveal their characters, their loneliness, and their relationships of a geriatric sexual sort.

Subjects: Literature.

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