I posted before on the Sam Shepard personna. I neglected to talk much about Sam Shepard the playwrite. Mark Lawson does a great job of summing up Sam’s work in his piece for the Guardian. It starts off this way.
Sam Shepard, who has died aged 73, was perhaps the only American literary giant who could have written the screenplay for a major movie and also played the romantic lead.
Sam beonged to that great American literary tradition, writing about the dark side of American identity. The tough guy needs love too!