Streetcar Named Desire by Tennessee WilliamsStreetcar Named Desire by Tennessee Williams

Streetcar Named Desire

byTennessee WilliamsForeword byArthur MillerEditorE Browne

Paperback | September 14, 2004

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It is a very short list of 20th-century American plays that continue to have the same power and impact as when they first appeared—57 years after its Broadway premiere, Tennessee Williams' A Streetcar Named Desire is one of those plays. The story famously recounts how the faded and promiscuous Blanche DuBois is pushed over the edge by her sexy and brutal brother-in-law, Stanley Kowalski. Streetcar launched the careers of Marlon Brando, Jessica Tandy, Kim Hunter and Karl Malden, and solidified the position of Tennessee Williams as one of the most important young playwrights of his generation, as well as that of Elia Kazan as the greatest American stage director of the '40s and '50s.

Who better than America's elder statesman of the theater, Williams' contemporary Arthur Miller, to write as a witness to the lightning that struck American culture in the form of A Streetcar Named Desire? Miller's rich perspective on Williams' singular style of poetic dialogue, sensitive characters, and dramatic violence makes this a unique and valuable new edition of A Streetcar Named Desire. This definitive new edition will also include Williams' essay "The World I Live In," and a brief chronology of the author's life.
Tennessee Williams (1911-1983) is the acclaimed author of many books of letters, short stories, poems, essays, and a large collection of plays, including The Glass Menagerie, A Streetcar Named Desire, Camino Real, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, Orpheus Descending, The Night of the Iguana, and The Rose Tattoo.
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Title:Streetcar Named DesireFormat:PaperbackDimensions:224 pages, 8 × 5.19 × 0.53 inPublished:September 14, 2004Publisher:WW NortonLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0811216020

ISBN - 13:9780811216029

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Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great read. This play is unique and tackles societal and controversial issues. There are many great themes from this play, making it such a dynamic read. As well, the characters are original and very dimensional, pulling you into their world and enticing readers the more they read on.
Date published: 2018-01-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love love love! A great play, insightful and mirrors many present day issues.
Date published: 2017-12-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Greatest Play Ever This is my favourite play in the entire world... It deals with so many controversial issues, such as: homosexuality, spousal abuse, suicide, rape, and double standards... I could type on and on about this play, but will not. I will say, however, that this play can be looked at through many different literary lenses. It is a fascinating play that will live on forever.
Date published: 2017-11-21
Rated 4 out of 5 by from I loved it! I really enjoyed reading the book because the characters were definitely unique, which made it a really entertaining read.
Date published: 2017-08-15
Rated 4 out of 5 by from So Many Stage Directions, But Also a Solid Read In classic Tennessee Williams fashion, this play starts off by making you think it is a book. What I mean by that is it starts off this 2-3 pages of stage directions (version of the play text vary. Mine is a little more than 2 pages). This is because Williams likes everything just right and so when this play was published, he wanted to ensure that everyone knew what his vision was. He also wanted every production to look pretty much the same to the original (hence the intense amount of stage directions throughout). You could say he was a genius and you're right. You could also say he was crazy, and that cannot be verified but you are also probably right. Long story short, you might be sued if you don't follow the stage directions when producing this play (not a joke). When you do find the dialogue and get down to the story, it is very complex. Basically (and I mean BASICALLY) it is about two sisters: Blanche and STELLAAAAAAAAA!!!!! Blanche is older and has come to visit/live with her younger sister and Stanley (Stella's husband). There is the question of whether or not Blanche is crazy as she dims the lights always like some sort of vampire and asks to be pampered like a rich person's dog. Stella is also pregnant (not really a spoiler) and Stanley abuses her...but he says sorry and shouts her name into the night sooooooo...controversial? Anyways, the whole play is a mess of morals and who is more right, but there isn't a clear answer. I obviously won't give away the ending, which is top-notch. Check it out and add it to your play collection. It's a great read that offers up questions about what is right, what is love, and when is it time to let go.
Date published: 2017-05-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved this play This is one of my favorite plays. Very easy to read even for someone who has never read a play before. Finished it in one night. I definitely will be keeping it in my collection and reading it any more times. Everyone should read this play at least once in their lives. So good!
Date published: 2017-03-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Beautiful Like many of Williams' plays, it is filled with beautiful symbolism and clever use of lighting.
Date published: 2017-03-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing! This was such a powerful play! So sad!
Date published: 2017-01-25
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Relationships Stella and Blanche are sisters with the same social background. One has managed to adapt while the other still grasps onto it. Stanley is a man who wants control but Blanche changes a lot of things in the small apartment...
Date published: 2016-12-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Absolute classic I read this play in high school and purchased my own copy a couple years ago. I love the story. extremely well written and you get attached to the characters very easily. i love this book and it's one of my all time favorites
Date published: 2016-12-14
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Read it for it's significance. Although this play is very enjoyable and perhaps even more intriguing, I don't think it is Williams' best. Still, I think everyone should read it because of the literary and dramatic significance it has acquired over the decades.
Date published: 2016-12-04

Editorial Reviews

In Streetcar Williams found images and rhythms that are still part of the way we think and feel and move. — Jack Kroll (Newsweek)Lyrical and poetic and human and heartbreaking and memorable and funny. — Francis Ford CoppolaThe introductions, by playwrights as illustrious as Williams himself, are the gem of these new editions. — Ken Furtado (Echo Magazine)Blanche is the Everest of modern American drama, a peak of psychological complexity and emotional range. — John Lahr (The New Yorker)