Peter Shaffer, who wrote plays that dazzled audiences and confounded historians, has died at age 90. Shaffer was born in Liverpool and worked in the coal mines as an alternative to military service, according to The New York Times’ obituary. He got a scholarship to Trinity College and went on to write Tony-award-winning plays Equus and Amadeus.

His twin brother, Anthony Shaffer, author of Sleuth, died in 2001.

 

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