A. R. Gurney

American playwright and novelist

Albert Ramsdell Gurney Jr. (November 1, 1930 – June 13, 2017) was an American playwright, novelist and academic.[1][2][3] He was known for works including The Dining Room (1982), Sweet Sue (1986/7), Love Letters (1988), and The Cocktail Hour (1988).

A. R. Gurney
BornAlbert Ramsdell Gurney, Jr.
(1930-11-01)November 1, 1930
Buffalo, New York, U.S.
DiedJune 13, 2017(2017-06-13) (aged 86)
Manhattan, New York, U.S.
OccupationPlaywright, novelist, screenwriter
EducationNichols School
St. Paul's School (1948)
Alma materWilliams College (1952)
Yale School of Drama (1958)
Notable works
Mary Forman Goodyear (m. 1957)

Gurney died in Manhattan on June 13, 2017, at the age of 86.[4]


  1. Sponberg, Arvid F. (1991). Broadway Talks: What Professionals Think about Commercial Theater in America. Greenwood Publishing Group. ISBN 9780313266874.
  2. A.R. Gurney Biography
  3. Sponberg, Arvid F. (2004). A.R. Gurney: A Casebook. Psychology Press. ISBN 978-0415929981.
  4. Berkvist, Robert (June 14, 2017). "A.R. Gurney, Playwright Who Explored Upper-Crust Anxieties, Dies at 86". The New York Times.