Sam Shepard as Slim in Cowboy Mouth, 1971
Portrait of the Artist: Sam Shepard and the Anxiety of Identity
A masters thesis presented to the faculty of the University of Virginia on May 1, 1996.
by John Blackburn
TABLE OF CONTENTS
I. Three True Stories
An introduction by way of Shepard's most recent work.
II. Portrait of the Artist
A general look at Shepard's career.
III. Cowboy Mouth
The 1971 play, Cowboy Mouth reveals much about Shepard's life-as-dramaturgy.
IV. Patti Smith, Star-Maker
Patti Smith seems to have had an enormous impact on Shepard. Also, she serves as perhaps our best Shepard informant.
V. It's Only Rock-and-Roll
But Sam Shepard likes it.
VI. Make-Believe Cowboy
Shepard's early models for the ideal man came from the silver screen.
VII. True West, False West
The play True West displays evidence of the playwright's deeply-held ambivalence.
VIII. Fool for Fame
Shepard adapts Fool for Love to the screen and takes its leading role.
X. Works Cited