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- "Joseph Pulitzer and the Pulitzer Prizes" is a website that includes a very short biography of Margaret Edson at http://www.pulitzer.org/History/history.html (February 2001), as well as a longer biography of Joseph Pulitzer and an interesting background and history of the prize. This site also includes a listing of all Pulitzer Prize winners.
- "At Lunch with Margaret Edson" is an article written by Kevin Sack for The New York Times, November 10, 1998. Sack interviewed Edson at the school in Atlanta where she teaches kindergarten. The article can be found on The New York Times website in their archives section, but the website charges a fee to download it. It is available through public libraries for free.
- "An Interview with Margaret Edson," written by Betty Carter, was published in the September/October 1999 issue of Books & Culture. One of the focuses of this interview is a discussion of Edson's use of the children's story The Runaway Bunny in her play.
- Whose Life Is It Anyway (1978) is a play written by Brian Clark. The play's central character (played by Richard Dreyfuss when the play was in New York) is a sculptor who, after a car accident, is left paralyzed. In the play, the sculptor begs his doctors to help him die. They refuse, and the sculptor takes them to court to fight for his right to die.
- The Shadow Box (1975), the 1977 Pulitzer Prize winner, is a play that presents a meditation on life, love, and death. Written by Michael Cristofer, the play shows three people facing death while living at an experimental California hospice. The action revolves around the tensions they face in accepting their deaths, as well as the tensions that their various family members face when they come to visit them. The play has been described as philosophical, surprisingly funny, and rich with conflict.
- Time to Go: Three Plays on Death and Dying, with Commentary on End-of-Life Issues (1995) is a collection of three short plays. The plays included are Berry Barta's Journey into That Good Night; Marjorie Ellen Spence's Stars at the Break of Day, and Time to Go, by C. E. McClelland. The plays were written specifically for simply staged performances or to be read to stimulate discussions on end-of-life issues. The book includes suggested questions to facilitate discussion.
- The Doctor's Dilemma (1906) was written by George Bernard Shaw and almost half a century after his death, the play is enjoying a revival. The topic of this play is medical ethics. It centers on the question of whether a doctor has the right to decide who will live and who will die. The play climaxes with a death scene and an ironic twist.
- Devotions upon Emergent Occasions and Death's Duel is a 1999 publication of John Donne's works with an introduction by Andrew Motion that has been described as entertaining, accessible, and clear. It includes writings that were done while Donne was sick with a fever that doctors thought would kill him, as well as Donne's final sermon that was preached one month before his death. The book includes a biography of the poet that was written in 1640 by Izaak Walton. It also includes Donne's "Devotions" and "Death's Duel," which have been referred to as Donne at his best.
- "Death & Co." is a poem written by Sylvia Plath. It has been likened to John Donne's metaphysical poetry that deals with death. In the poem, Plath personifies death as a lover, a poetic device that the metaphysical poets developed to communicate the negative aspects of love.