Julie Salamon’s new biography of Wendy Wasserstein ’71, Wendy and the Lost Boys: The Uncommon Life of Wendy Wasserstein (Penguin Press), is receiving critical acclaim across the country. Emma Brockes of the New York Times calls it a “shrewd, gripping biography,” while NPR’s Susan Stamberg says the book “illuminates the links between Wasserstein’s characters and the playwright herself.”
Wasserstein was an acclaimed playwright from the end of the 1970s until her death in 2006. She received the Tony Award for best play and the Pulitzer Prize for drama for her 1988 play, The Heidi Chronicles. She wrote numerous essays, several books, and 11 plays throughout her life. Her 1977 play, Uncommon Women and Others, was based on her experiences of being a student and alumna of Mount Holyoke.