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

Hardcover | November 28, 2000

byTennessee WilliamsEditorAlbert J Devlin, Nanc Tischler

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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.

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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 ...

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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 ...

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 pe...

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:512 pages, 9.3 × 6.45 × 1.28 inPublished:November 28, 2000Publisher:WW NortonLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0811214451

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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.