Glass Menagerie

Paperback | August 12, 1999

byTennessee WilliamsForeword byRobert Bray

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Menagerie was Williams's first popular success and launched the brilliant, if somewhat controversial, career of our pre-eminent lyric playwright. Since its premiere in Chicago in 1944, with the legendary Laurette Taylor in the role of Amanda, the play has been the bravura piece for great actresses from Jessica Tandy to Joanne Woodward, and is studied and performed in classrooms and theatres around the world. The Glass Menagerie (in the reading text the author preferred) is now available only in its New Directions Paperbook edition. A new introduction by prominent Williams scholar Robert Bray, editor of The Tennessee Williams Annual Review, reappraises the play more than half a century after it won the New York Drama Critics Circle Award: "More than fifty years after telling his story of a family whose lives form a triangle of quiet desperation, Williams's mellifluous voice still resonates deeply and universally." This edition of The Glass Menagerie also includes Williams's essay on the impact of sudden fame on a struggling writer, "The Catastrophe of Success," as well as a short section of Williams's own "Production Notes." The cover features the classic line drawing by Alvin Lustig, originally done for the 1949 New Directions edition.

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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 appea...

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Menagerie was Williams's first popular success and launched the brilliant, if somewhat controversial, career of our pre-eminent lyric playwright. Since its premiere in Chicago in 1944, with the legendary Laurette Taylor in the role of Amanda, the play has been the bravura piece for great actresses from Jessica Tandy to Joanne Woodward,...

Robert Bray is an author, editor, and Tennessee Williams scholar.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:128 pages, 7.9 × 5.2 × 0.4 inPublished:August 12, 1999Publisher:WW NortonLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0811214044

ISBN - 13:9780811214049

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Rated 1 out of 5 by from Meh Perhaps it's the play's setting that turned me off, but I was not very interested in it. Amanda Wingfield was too disillusioned for my taste. She expected things from her handicapped daughter that were not so easily possible such as wanting her to marry. She envisioned her daughter working as a typist, which depicts the gender stereotyping at the time which I dislike. Everything Amanda decides for her daughter is selfish and idealistic. Fortunately, the characters of Tom and Laura were more realistic. A child with lower self-esteem can actually relate to Laura, for example, which may be a benefit to the play. Overall however, there was something unappealing about this play. It has some good points, but it's not worth the time in my opinion.
Date published: 2006-07-13
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Subtle The Glass Menagerie, which , while it is still about a dysfunctional family as is A Streetcar Named Desire, it is not as raw. It is more sentimental and subtle. This play is very good, not as good as Streetcar, I feel, but still compelling. It is interesting to read and envision as unconventional (surrealist) theatrical components are used to help convey the narrative.
Date published: 20060-06-20

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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.

Editorial Reviews

“The revolutionary newness of . . . was in its poetic lift, but an underlying hard dramatic structure was what earned the play its right to sing poetically.” — Arthur Miller

“With the advent of . . . Tennessee Williams emerged as a poet-playwright and a unique new force in theatre throughout the world.” — Lyle Leverich in Tom: The Unknown Tennessee Wil