Beth Henley

(b. 1952)

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Mississippi-born playwright, attended Southern Methodist University, had her first full-length play, Crimes of the Heart, performed (1979) in Louisville, where it won a major local prize, and then, after an off-Broadway production, won a Pulitzer Prize (1980). With Gothic humor it presents the antics of three eccentric sisters in a small Mississippi town. The Miss Firecracker Contest (1980), produced in her new home in southern California, concerns other bizarre characters and situations in a small Mississippi town.

Subjects: Literature.

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Works by Beth Henley