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Margaret Edson on PBS (April 14, 1999).
Margaret Edson (born 4 July 1961, Washington, D.C.marker) is an American playwright. Edson graduated with a B.A. in Renaissance History from Smith Collegemarker, and received a master's in English literature from Georgetown Universitymarker. Her jobs have included being a bicycle shop sales clerk and a volunteer ESL teacher.

Edson's first play was Wit, first produced in 1995 at South Coast Repertorymarker in California, about a John Donne scholar who is hospitalized for and dying of ovarian cancer. Edson did use her work experience in a hospital as part of the background in writing Wit. At the time of the first New York production of Wit in late 1998, Edson was a kindergarten teacher at Centennial Place Elementary School (Atlantamarker, Georgiamarker). She won the 1999 Pulitzer Prize for Drama for Wit. After she won the Pulitzer Prize, Edson received a large amount of publicity, including an interview on The NewsHour with Jim Lehrer on PBS. Edson has written a second play, Satisfied, whose subject is "country-gospel radio in Kentucky". As of April 2008, this second play has not received a production.

Edson gave the commencement address during the commencement ceremony of 2008 at Smith College.

Edson currently teaches kindergarten at John Hope Elementary in Atlanta, where she is chair of the kindergarten team.


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