Frank Gilroy ’50: ‘Subject Was Roses’ (‘The New York Times’)



For Frank Gilroy ’50, 1964’s The Subject Was Roses was a smash debut, winning him a Pulitzer Prize, a Tony and a Drama Critics’ Circle Award, and it was forever to be what defined him in the public eye, writes The New York Times of the playwright, who died Sept. 12 at age 89.

Roses, the tale of a World War II veteran returning home to the Bronx and the parents who vie for his love in an emotional caldron, was likened by some critics to masterworks by Eugene O’Neill and Arthur Miller. It ran for two years, was adapted by Mr. Gilroy for a 1968 movie, and has been revived in New York and around the country many times,” reports the Times.

At Dartmouth, he wrote eight student productions and graduated with high honors in sociology, the Times notes.

Read the full story, published 9/13/15 by The New York Times.


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