Lior J. Strahilevitz on Edward Albee's Right to Curate his Work Posthumously

Edward Albee’s Final Wish: Destroy My Unfinished Work
Michael Paulson
The New York Times
July 4, 2017

Edward Albee died last fall. But the renowned playwright is making one last request from the great beyond.

Albee wants two of his friends to destroy any incomplete manuscripts he left behind.


But another expert on the subject, Lior J. Strahilevitz, a professor at the University of Chicago Law School, disagreed. “Part of what we value in a great artist is not just raw ability but the ability to curate, and it’s frequently the case that artists build great reputations by being selective about what they show to the world,” he said. “It’s problematic to force Albee to share these plays when he didn’t think they were good enough.”