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The Family Trilogy is a trio of plays by American playwright Sam Shepard. It includes Curse of the Starving Class (1976), Buried Child (1979), and True West (1980).[1]

Journalist John O'Mahony called Shepard's trilogy "arguably his greatest achievement."[2] Some critics consider the three plays part of a quintet which also includes Fool for Love (1983) and A Lie of the Mind (1985).[3]


  1. ^ Simard, Rodney. “American Gothic: Sam Shepard's Family Trilogy.” Theatre Annual 41 (1986): 21-36.
  2. ^ O'Mahony, John (10 October 2003). The write stuff. The Guardian
  3. ^ Roudané, Matthew (2002). The Cambridge Companion to Sam Shepard. Cambridge University Press, ISBN 9780521777667