Format: Trade Paperback
Dimensions: 128 pages, 3.15 × 2.07 × 0.18 in
Published: August 12, 1999
Publisher: New Directions
The following ISBNs are associated with this title:
ISBN - 10: 0811214044
ISBN - 13: 9780811214049
About the Book
Dramatic script relating the interactions of Amanda, her son, and her daughter, Laura and the very important gentleman caller.
From the Publisher
Amanda is a mother who is a victim of fantasies about her withdrawn daughter, Laura. Laura wears a leg-brace because of a crippling childhood illness and is at home only in her private world that centers on a collection of glass animal figures. When Amanda persuades her son, Tom, to invite a friend from work for dinner with hopes that it will lead to romance for Laura, it changes the family forever.
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
From Our Editors
Played out on the stage time and time again, Tennessee
Williams' The Glass Menagerie is
a timeless classic. Tom experiences suffocation by his mother and
his responsibility for his shy reclusive sister. In this moving
memory play, he tries to break free and become a writer. Containing
a new introduction by Robert Bray, the script appears in the
authors' preferred text.