A twentieth-century American dramatist and novelist, he is best known for his play, Picnic, which premiered at the Music Box Theatre and served as the Broadway debut of renowned actor, Paul Newman. Inge's other popular plays include The Dark at the Top of the Stairs and Bus Stop.
He graduated from the University of Kansas with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Speech and Drama. He began his career as a drama critic for the St. Louis Star-Times.
His play, Picnic, won the Pulitzer Prize for Drama.
He was raised in Independence, Kansas. At the age of sixty, he committed suicide.
He was encouraged by Tennessee Williams to write his first play.