Clifford Odets is the author of Waiting for Lefty, Awake and Sing, Paradise Lost, Golden Boy, Rocket to the Moon, Clash by Night, The Big Knife, The Country Girl, and The Flowering Peach among others. In 1931, he began his career as an actor with The Group Theater, a New York company of which he was a founding member. He soon turned to writing, and his first play for the Group, Waiting for Lefty (1935), almost immediately launched him as the most celebrated American playwright of the 1930s. It and four other major Broadway productions in that decade introduced theatre audiences to subject matter and language that had never before been heard on the American stage. Odets’ work spanned the three decades preceding his death in 1963 and deeply influenced generations of American playwrights to follow. Screenplay credits include The General Died at Dawn, None but the Lonely Heart, Humoresque, The Sweet Smell of Success, and Story on Page One. Film directing credits include None but the Lonely Heart and Story on Page One. Odets also directed the New York premieres of The Country Girl (1950) and The Flowering Peach (1954).