Not About Nightingales by Tennessee WilliamsNot About Nightingales by Tennessee Williams

Not About Nightingales

byTennessee Williams

Paperback | June 1, 1998

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Not About Nightingales is remarkable both as the work of an unknown twenty-seven-year-old and as a first play to carry the signature "Tennessee" Williams. The subject matter is a prison scandal which shocked the nation in the mid-thirties when convicts leading a hunger strike in prison were locked in a steam-heated cell and roasted to death. "I have never written anything since that could compete with it in violence and horror",Williams said later about the full-length play he developed in 1938. It shows us the young Williams as a political writer in Depression America; its flashes of lyricism and compelling dialogue presage the great plays Williams was later to write.
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...
Title:Not About NightingalesFormat:PaperbackDimensions:128 pages, 8 × 5.17 × 0.51 inPublished:June 1, 1998Publisher:New Directions

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0811213803

ISBN - 13:9780811213806


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Never produced until this year (1998), NOT ABOUT NIGHTINGALES (1938), portrays a shocking prison scandal in which convicts leading a hunger strike in prison were locked in a steam-heated cell and roasted to death. Williams himself later said that he had never written anything to compare with it in violence and horror. The play indelibly presages the great plays he was later to write.