Format: Trade Paperback
Dimensions: 1 pages, 8.1 × 5.35 × 1.1 in
Published: September 1, 1990
Publisher: New Directions
The following ISBNs are associated with this title:
ISBN - 10: 0811211371
ISBN - 13: 9780811211376
From the Publisher
"The Theatre of Tennessee Williams" brings together in a matching format the plays of a genius of the American theatre. Arranged in chronological order, this ongoing series includes the original cast listings and production notes.
Leading off Volume 5 is "The Milk Train Doesn''t Stop Here Anymore" (1964), a play that explores the tenacity of the human body and spirit when confronted with death. The more light-hearted "Kingdom of Earth(The Seven Descents of Myrtle)" was first produced on Broadway in 1968; the text offered here incorporates changes the author made for its 1975 revival. "Small Craft Warnings" (1972), one of Williams''s more searching works, is based on one of his shorter dramas, "Confessional, " published in "Dragon Country" (1969). The volume concludes with "The Two-Character Play" (1975), the author''s reworking of his earlier "Out Cry" (1973).
From the Jacket
The Theatre of Tennessee Williams brings together in matching format the plays of one of America''s most persistently influential and innovative dramatists. Arranged in chronological order, this ongoing series includes the original cast listings and production notes for all full-length plays.
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
The Theatre of Tennessee Williams brings together in matching format the plays of one of America's most persistently influential and innovative dramatists. Arranged in chronological order, this ongoing series includes the original cast listings and production notes for all full-length plays.