William Inge majored in drama at the University of Kansas. He went on to gain an MA at the George Peabody Teachers College. In 1943 he became the drama critic of the St. Louis Star Times. His first successful play was Come Back Little Sheba (1950). His next play, Picnic (1953), won the Pulitzer Prize. It was followed by Bus Stop (1955), which was later made into a hugely successful film starring Marilyn Monroe. Other works include The Dark At The Top Of The Stairs (1957), film script for the Splendor In The Grass (1961), A Loss Of Roses (1960), Natural Affection (1963) and Where’s Daddy (1966).