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A. R. Gurney (Albert Ramsdell Gurney Jr.) (born November 1, 1930) is an American playwright and novelist. The playwright is known for works including Love Letters, The Cocktail Hour, and The Dining Room. Gurney currently lives in both New Yorkmarker and Connecticutmarker.


Born in Buffalo, New Yorkmarker, Gurney, a graduate of St. Paul's School marker, attended Williams College and the Yale School of Drama, after which he began teaching Humanities at MITmarker. He began writing plays such as Scenes from American Life, Children, and The Middle Ages while at MIT, but it was his great success with The Dining Room that allowed him to write full-time. Since The Dining Room, Gurney has written a number of plays, most of them concerning WASP of the American northeast. Gurney also wrote the musical: Love in Buffalo. This was the first musical ever produced at Yalemarker.

Gurney has also written several novels, including:

Gurney has also appeared in several of his plays including The Dining Room and most notably Love Letters.

In 2006, Gurney was elected a member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters.


Many of these plays are published by Broadway Play Publishing Inc. and Smith & Kraus Publishing.

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