Sam Shepard Books In Order


  1. The One Inside (2017)
  2. Spy of the First Person (2017)


  1. Great Dream of Heaven (2002)
  2. 4 Two Act Plays (2009)
  3. Chicago And Other Plays (2009)
  4. The Late Henry Moss, Eyes for Consuela, When the World Was Green: Three Plays (2009)
  5. The Unseen Hand: And Other Plays (2009)
  6. Day Out of Days (2009)
  7. Cruising Paradise (2010)
  8. Motel Chronicles & Hawk Moon (2018)


  1. True West (1981)
  2. Kicking a Dead Horse (2007)
  3. When the World Was Green (2007)
  4. Fool for Love (2008)
  5. Buried Child (2009)
  6. Simpatico (2009)
  7. The God of Hell (2010)
  8. Tooth of Crime: Second Dance (2010)
  9. Fifteen One-Act Plays (2012)
  10. Heartless (2013)
  11. Ages of the Moon (2015)
  12. A Particle of Dread (2016)


  1. Spencer Tracy Is Not Dead (2016)

Non fiction

  1. The Rolling Thunder Logbook (2010)

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Sam Shepard Books Overview

Great Dream of Heaven

In eighteen stories unlike any in our contemporary literature, Sam Shepard explores the vast and rugged American West with the same parched intensity that has made him the great playwright of his generation The New York Times.A boy watches a remedy man tame a wild stallion, a contest that mirrors his own struggle with his father. A woman driving her mother’s ashes across the country has a strangely transcendent run in with an injured hawk. Two aging widowers, in Stetsons and bolo ties, together make a daily pilgrimage to the local Denny s, only to be divided by the attentions of their favorite waitress. Peering unblinkingly into the chasms that separate fathers and sons, husbands and wives, friends and strangers, these powerful tales bear the unmistakable signature of an American master.

The Late Henry Moss, Eyes for Consuela, When the World Was Green: Three Plays

These three plays by Pulitzer Prize winner Sam Shepard are bold, explosive, and ultimately redemptive dramas propelled by family secrets and illuminated by a searching intelligence.
In The Late Henry Moss which premiered in San Francisco, starring Sean Penn and Nick Nolte two estranged brothers confront the past as they piece together the drunken fishing expedition that preceded their father’s death. In Eyes for Consuela, based on Octavio Paz s classic story The Blue Bouquet, a vacationing American encounters a knife toting Mexican bandit on a gruesome quest. And in When the World Was Green, cowritten with Joseph Chaikin, a journalist in search of her father interviews an old man who resolved a generations old vendetta by murdering the wrong man. Together, these plays form a powerful trio from an enduring force in American theater.

The Unseen Hand: And Other Plays

The complete scripts to six Sam Shepard plays: The Unseen Hand Forensic and the Navigators The Holy Ghostly Back Bog Beast Bait Shaved Splits 4 H Club.

Day Out of Days

From one of our most admired writers: a collection of stories set mainly in the fertile imaginative landscape of the American West, written with the terse lyricism, cinematic detail, and wry humor that have become Sam Shepard’s trademarks.A man traveling down Highway 90 West gets trapped alone overnight inside a Cracker Barrel restaurant, where he is tormented by an endless loop of Shania Twain songs on the overhead sound system. A wandering actor returns to his hometown against his better instincts and runs into an old friend, who recounts their teenage days of stealing cars, scoring Benzedrine, and sleeping with who*res in Tijuana. A Minnesota family travels south for a winter vacation but, caught up in the ordinary tyrannies of family life, remains oblivious to the beauty of the Yucat n Peninsula. A solitary horse rancher muses on Sitting Bull and Beckett amid the jumble of stuff in his big country kitchen from rusted spurs and Lakota dream catchers to yellowing pictures of hawks and galloping horses to snapshots of different sons in different shirts doing different things like fishing, riding mules and tractors; leaning up against their different mothers at radical angles. Made up of short narratives, lyrics, and dialogues, Day Out of Days sets conversation against tale, song against memory, in a cubistic counterpoint that finally links each piece together. The result is a stunning work of vision and clarity imbued with the vivid reverberations of myth Shepard at his flinty eyed, unwavering best.

Cruising Paradise

Pulitzer Prize winning playwright, actor, ex cowboy, and musician Sam Shepard now stands revealed as a storyteller of dazzling artistry. Bleak and wildly funny, touching but stringently unsentimental, these stories give readers a most intimate view of the writer who has become synonymous with the recklessness, stoicism, and solitude of American manhood. From the Trade Paperback edition.

True West

Premiered in San Francisco in 1980, True West is one of Sam Shepard’s funniest plays, as well as one of his most brutal. Austin is a stable, successful Hollywood screenwriter, Lee his menacing vagabond brother, and True West is the story of their attempt to trade lives. Their tragicomic quest to change identity ends in a stalemate, but along the way this Pulitzer Prize winning author takes gleeful potshots at Hollywood, the myth of the frontier, and the escape fantasies that drive the American imagination. By far the funniest, truest, and most mesmerizing play on Broadway. New York Daily News

Kicking a Dead Horse

A solitary man digs a hole in the ground, near a dead horse. Amidst the clutter of food and equipment stands Hobart Struther, who has ridden all the way out to the middle of nowhere on a holy mission. But one day into his Great Sojourn, things are looking bleak. His horse has choked to death, he’s miles away from civilization, and there’s not a person around to talk to other than himself. As Hobart examines his rise how he built a vast art collection while ensconced in a comfortable Park Avenue lifestyle he digs deep into his own history, unearthing truths about his past while still struggling to find the answers he needs. With Shepard’s linguistic flair, subtle humor, and probing insights, Kicking a Dead Horse is an invigorating addition to the works of one of America’s most innovative playwrights.

Buried Child

A newly revised edition of an American classic, Sam Shepard’s Pulitzer Prize winning Buried Child is as fierce and unforgettable as it was when it was first produced more than twenty five years ago.

A scene of madness greets Vince and his girlfriend as they arrive at the squalid farmhouse of Vince s hard drinking grandparents, who seem to have no idea who he is. Nor does his father, Tilden, a hulking former All American footballer, or his uncle, who has lost one of his legs to a chain saw. Only the memory of an unwanted child, buried in an undisclosed location, can hope to deliver this family


Set within the netherworld of thoroughbred racing, this hair raisingly funny new play by the Pulitzer Prize winning author of True West explores the classical themes of memory, loyalty, and restitution. Simpatico launches readers into regions where high society meets the low life, and where, as one of the main characters observes, ‘someone is cutting someone else’s throat.’

The God of Hell

Pulitzer Prize winner Sam Shepard’s latest play is an uproarious, brilliantly provocative farce that brings the gifts of a quintessentially American playwright to bear on the current American dilemma. Frank and Emma are a quiet, respectable couple who raise cows on their Wisconsin farm. Soon after they agree to put up Frank s old friend Haynes, who is on the lam from a secret government project involving plutonium, they re visited by Welch, an unctuous government bureaucrat from hell. His aggressive patriotism puts Frank, Emma, and Haynes on the defensive, transforming a heartland American household into a scene of torture and promoting a radioactive brand of conformity with a dangerously long half life.

Tooth of Crime: Second Dance

One of the plays that first announced Sam Shepard as an original voice in American theater, Tooth of Crime is his thrillingly innovative rock drama, published here in a revised edition that is as fresh and provocative as the original was more than thirty years ago.

An aging rock star in a world in which entertainment and street warfare go hand in hand, Hoss must defend himself against Crow, a newcomer who battles him for fame. Combining musical styles and intense dialogue in an unconventional musical fantasy, Tooth of Crime riffs brilliantly on rising stars and fading legends, and rock lived and died for.

The Rolling Thunder Logbook

In the autumn of 1975, ew England is festering with Bicentennial madness,’ Bob Dylan and his Rolling Thunder Revue a rag tag variety show that Dylan envisioned as a traveling gypsy circus toured twenty two cities across the Northeast. Swept up in the motley crew, which included Joni Mitchell, Mick Ronson, Allen Ginsberg, Arlo Guthrie, Joan Baez, and Ramblin’ Jack Elliot, was playwright Sam Shepard, ostensibly hired to write, on the spot, the script for a Fellini esque, surreal movie that would come out of the tour. The script never materialized, but throughout the many moods and moments of his travels with Dylan and his troupe, Shepard kept an impressionistic Rolling Thunder Logbook of life on the road. Illuminated by forty candid photographs by official tour photographer Ken Regan, Shepard’s mental snap shots capture the camaraderie, isolation, head games, and pill popping mayhem of the tour, providing a window into Dylan’s singular talent, enigmatic charisma, and vision of America.

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