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The complete stories of America's distinguished playwright, Tennessee Williams.

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Tennessee Williams was born in 1911 in Mississippi. He entered college during the Depression and left after a couple of years to work in a shoe company. He entered the University of Iowa in 1938 and received a Rockefeller Fellowship in 1940 for his play Battle of Angels. Williams wrote over thirty plays including The Glass Menagerie (1944), A Street Car Named Desire (1947) and Cat on a Hot Tin Roof (1955). He won the Pulitzer Prize in 1948 and 1955. Tennessee Williams died in 1983


Williams's modus operandi for developing his plays was initially to create them as short stories. This 1985 volume contains his original takes on such fine dramas as Cat on a Hot Tin Roof , The Glass Menagerie , and others. Although the pieces became famous on stage, LJ 's reviewer found ``the general reader will appreciate their wide variety as short stories'' ( LJ 10/15/85). Essential for serious American literature/drama collections.

The late playwright's short stories are drawn together with an introduction by Gore Vidal. (Apr.)

Funny, bizarre, often moving and always brave -- Sunday Times
I yearned for a bad influence and boy, was Tennessee one in the best sense of the word: joyous, alarming, sexually confusing and dangerously funny -- John Waters
Williams's ear for dialogue, eye for character, and exploration of love, longing and loneliness are as powerful in these stories as they are in his plays. * John Berendt, author of Midnight In The Garden Of Good And Evil *
There used to be two streetcars in New Orleans. One was named Desire and the other was called Cemeteries. To get where you were going, you changed from the first to the second. In these stories, Tennessee validated with his genius our common ticket of transfer -- Gore Vidal
As in the plays, it is the force and adroitness of his curiosity that impresses. * Guardian *

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