- (1913 - 73) US playwright. Born in Kansas, he began to write forthe stage while working as a theater critic in the 1940s. In 1950 he enjoyed his first Broadway hit with Come Back, Little Sheba, which tells of the life of a lonely Midwestern housewife. It opened two years later in London. Inge won a Pulitzer Prize in 1953 for his next offering, Picnic, about a small-town girl's seduction by a middle-aged drifter. He also won acclaim for Bus Stop in 1955 and The Dark at the Top of the Stairs (1957). All four works became popular films. His later, less successful plays included A Loss of Roses (1959), Natural Affection (1962), and Where's daddy? (1966). The failure of these and other worksis believed to have precipitated his suicide in 1973.