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Playwright A.R. Gurney, who explored a vanishing America, dies at 86

Playwright A.R. Gurney, who explored a vanishing America, dies at 86

A.R. Gurney, a Pulitzer Prize-nominated playwright whose work offered a window into the inner lives of the upper-crust white Anglo-Saxon Protestants he grew up among, has died at age 86.

Gurney's agent Jonathan Lomma said the playwright died Tuesday at his home in Manhattan. No cause of death was given.

Among his more well-known works are "The Dining Room," for which he was named a Pulitzer finalist for drama in 1985, "Love Letters," which earned a Pulitzer finalist nod in 1990, and "The Cocktail Hour."

He was a prolific writer, producing almost 50 plays during his career along with a number of musicals and three novels.

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