NEW YORK – A playwright whose work ranged from stories set in Appalachia to the Nuremberg trials has died in New York. Romulus Linney was 80.
Linney's wife Laura Callanan said the playwright died Saturday at his home in Germantown, N.Y., north of Poughkeepsie (poh-KIHP'-see). The cause was lung cancer.
Linney, father of actress Laura Linney, wrote more than 30 plays. Among them were works about historical figures like the poet Lord Byron and adaptations of stories like Charles Dickens' "A Christmas Carol."
He had one play on Broadway, with most of his work appearing off-Broadway and in regional theater.
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Callanan said he had been working on a novel at the time of his death, and had completed the libretto for an opera.
Linney's first two marriages ended in divorce. He is also survived by another daughter, Susan Linney.