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The Writer’s Almanac for April 12, 2017: Be Kind

Apr. 12, 2017: birthday: Alan Ayckbourn

It’s the birthday of the playwright Alan Ayckbourn (books by this author), born in London (1939). He dropped out of school when he was 17 to pursue a career in the theater, and he has written 81 full-length plays, including The Norman Conquests (1973).

He said, “The darker the subject, the more light you must try to shed on the matter. And vice versa.”