#1 Selected Letters Of Tennesse Williams 1920 To 1945: 1920-1945

by Tennessee Williams
Editor Albert J Devlin, Nanc Tischler

New Directions | November 23, 2000 | Hardcover

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Tennessee Williams'' innovative approach and natural lyricism transformed American drama after World War II. Both major and minor works continue to be performed worldwide at the same time that his earliest (and previously unproduced) plays make audiences remember what theatrical excitement is all about. And now, the first volume of The Selected Letters of Tennessee Williams takes the author from boyhood through high school, college, and tentative productions of fledgling work to screen-writing at MGM, culminating in his first major success with the autobiographical The Glass Menagerie in 1945. The letters detail, in the playwright''s own words, the painful intensity of his early life as the Williams'' family drama creates a template for the plays to come.

Presented with a running commentary to separate Williams'' sometimes hilarious (but often devious) counter-reality from truth, The Selected Letters, Volume I: 1920-1945 (which includes 330 letters out of nearly 2300 collected) has been meticulously edited by two of this country''s premier Williams scholars. Albert J. Devlin, professor of English at the University of Missouri, and Nancy M. Tischler, Professor Emerita of Pennsylvania State University, author of the first critical study of Williams'' work, Tennessee Williams: Rebellious Puritan.

Format: Hardcover

Dimensions: 512 pages, 9.3 × 6.45 × 1.28 in

Published: November 23, 2000

Publisher: New Directions

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0811214451

ISBN - 13: 9780811214452

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#1 Selected Letters Of Tennesse Williams 1920 To 1945: 1920-1945

by Tennessee Williams
Editor Albert J Devlin, Nanc Tischler

Format: Hardcover

Dimensions: 512 pages, 9.3 × 6.45 × 1.28 in

Published: November 23, 2000

Publisher: New Directions

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0811214451

ISBN - 13: 9780811214452

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Tennessee Williams'' innovative approach and natural lyricism transformed American drama after World War II. Both major and minor works continue to be performed worldwide at the same time that his earliest (and previously unproduced) plays make audiences remember what theatrical excitement is all about. And now, the first volume of The Selected Letters of Tennessee Williams takes the author from boyhood through high school, college, and tentative productions of fledgling work to screen-writing at MGM, culminating in his first major success with the autobiographical The Glass Menagerie in 1945. The letters detail, in the playwright''s own words, the painful intensity of his early life as the Williams'' family drama creates a template for the plays to come.

Presented with a running commentary to separate Williams'' sometimes hilarious (but often devious) counter-reality from truth, The Selected Letters, Volume I: 1920-1945 (which includes 330 letters out of nearly 2300 collected) has been meticulously edited by two of this country''s premier Williams scholars. Albert J. Devlin, professor of English at the University of Missouri, and Nancy M. Tischler, Professor Emerita of Pennsylvania State University, author of the first critical study of Williams'' work, Tennessee Williams: Rebellious Puritan.

About the Author

After O'Neill, Williams is perhaps the best dramatist the United States has yet produced. Born in his grandfather's rectory in Columbus, Mississippi, Williams and his family later moved to St. Louis. There Williams endured many bad years caused by the abuse of his father and his own anguish over his introverted sister, who was later permanently institutionalized. Williams attended the University of Missouri, and, after time out to clerk for a shoe company and for his own mental breakdown, also attended Washington University of St. Louis and the University of Iowa, from which he graduated in 1938. Williams began to write plays in 1935. During 1943 he spent six months as a contract screenwriter for MGM but produced only one script, The Gentleman Caller. When MGM rejected it, Williams turned it into his first major success, The Glass Menagerie (1945). In this intensely autobiographical play, Williams dramatizes the story of Amanda, who dreams of restoring her lost past by finding a gentleman caller for her crippled daughter, and of Amanda's son Tom, who longs to escape from the responsibility of supporting his mother and sister. After The Glass Menagerie,Williams wrote his masterpiece, A Streetcar Named Desire, (1947), along with a steady stream of other plays, among them such major works as Summer and Smoke(1948), Cat on a Hot Tin Roof (1954), and Suddenly Last Summer (1958). His plays celebrate the "fugitive kind," the sensitive outcasts whose outsider status allows them to pe
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From Our Editors

National Endowment recipients Albert Devlin and Nancy M. Tischler edit this splendid collection of well-written personal letters penned by playwright Tennessee Williams. The Selected Letters Volume I: 1920-1945 traces, through William’s own carefully chosen words, his boyhood, college years, stint as a screenwriter for MGM and groundbreaking first production of The Glass Menagerie. The editors have provided a running commentary to compensate for William’s tendency to embellish the truth.

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