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A 6 page research paper that, first of all, discusses the biography of American playwright Romulus Linney. The writer discusses his many accomplishments and his writing and then particularly focuses on Linney's play Holy Ghosts, offering a synopsis and analysis. Bibliography lists 6 sources.
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"Romulus Zechariah Linney" in his family in a line of direct descent (Walser 284). His childhood years were spent in Charlotte and Boone, North Carolina and also in Madison, Tennessee,
with summers reserved for mountain vacations. In 1953, he graduated from Oberlin College, enlisted for two years in the army and then received a Masters of Fine Arts degree
from the Yale School of Drama in 1958. From there, Linney went on to work in television in New York as a stage manger for the Actors Studio and he
also acted in summer stock. In 1961, he was taught at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and then accepted a position at North Carolina State University in
Raleigh, NC, where he was the director of fine arts (Walser 284). Later, he was on the faculty of the Manhattan School of Music, as well as teaching at both
Columbia and the University of Pennsylvania (Walser 284). In regards to Linneys writing, it can be characterized by its versatility in regards to its broad assortment of subjects and
themes (Walser 284). Holy Ghosts and Just Folks are comedies that draw on his experiences in the mountains, while his Heathen Valley, which is based on historical events
in the North Carolina mountains in the 1840s, is a "Gothic tale of terror and pagan violence" (Walser 284). Linney has written three novels, a broad assortment of short stories,
and is responsible for five anthologies of play that have been staged throughout the US and also abroad (Romulus Linney). In addition to his considerable writing career, in 2004, Linney
returned to acting, appearing in the film Kinsey with his daughter, actress Laura Linney. His plays include The Sorrows of Frederick, Holy Ghosts, Childe Byron, Heathen Valley, as well as