Tenn At One Hundred

Author: David Kaplan
Publisher: Hansen Publishing Group Llc
ISBN: 9781601824240
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Tenn at One Hundred, edited by David Kaplan, is a comprehensive look at the reputation of America's greatest playwright. Published on the occasion of Tennessee Williams' centennial, these eighteen essays—by authors including John Lahr, William Jay Smith, Sam Staggs, Amiri Baraka, John Patrick Shanley, and Allean Hale—explore the man and his legacy: the plays, films, reviews, talent, tenacity, good fortune, bad timing, friends, addictions, critics, producers, publishers, directors, actors, and biographers that helped to shape Williams' critical reputation and iconic status over the past seventy years.Best known for the groundbreaking plays, A Streetcar Named Desire, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, and The Glass Menagerie, Williams began his writing career in the 1930s as a struggling and unknown poet. At the time of his death in 1983, he was the most produced playwright in the country and one of the most ridiculed American writers. What were the events and decisions that created these conflicting extremes of reputation? How did Williams come to be known as one the most shocking writers of the post-war era while he was also lauded as America's “poet of human heart”? Tenn at One Hundred is the first book to attempt to answer these questions and to begin re-assessing Williams' reputation.

Tennessee Williams And Italy

Author: Alessandro Clericuzio
Publisher: Springer
ISBN: 3319319272
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This book reveals for the first time the import of a huge network of connections between Tennessee Williams and the country closest to his heart, Italy. America's most thought-provoking playwright loved Italy more than any other country outside the US and was deeply influenced by its culture for most of his life. Anna Magnani's film roles in the 1940s, Italian Neo-realist cinema, the theatre of Eduardo De Filippo, as well as the actual experience of Italian life and culture during his long stays in the country were some of the elements shaping his literary output. Through his lover Frank Merlo, he also had first-hand knowledge of Italian-American life in Brooklyn. Tracing the establishment of his reputation with the Italian intelligentsia, as well as with theatre practitioners and with generations of audiences, the book also tells the story of a momentous collaboration in the theatre, between Williams and Luchino Visconti, who had to defy the unceasing control Italian censorship exerted on Williams for decades.

The World Of Tennessee Williams

Author: Richard Freeman Leavitt
Publisher: Hansen Publishing Group LLC
ISBN: 1601820011
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The World of Tennessee Williams offers a survey of the life and career of one of America¿s greatest dramatists from his birth in 1911 to his death in 1983. Richard Leavitt was in a unique position to create such a volume since he was a friend of Tennessee¿s and followed his career closeup. Kenneth Holditch, who has undertaken the task of completing the text was a friend of Leavitt¿s and knew Tennessee Williams. It has been his desire to carry to fruition the original plan Dick Leavitt conceived in the 1970s and augmented in 1983 when Williams died.

Tennessee Williams And The Theatre Of Excess

Author: Annette J. Saddik
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 1107076684
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This book explores Williams' late plays in terms of a 'theatre of excess', which seeks liberation through exaggeration, chaos, ambiguity, and laughter.

Notebooks

Author: Tennessee Williams
Publisher: Yale University Press
ISBN: 9780300116823
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Meticulously edited and annotated, Tennessee Williams's notebooks follow his growth as a writer from his undergraduate days to the publication and production of his most famous plays, from his drug addiction and drunkenness to the heights of his literary accomplishments.

Tenn Years

Author: David Kaplan
Publisher: Hansen Publishing Group, LLC
ISBN: 9781601824264
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The essays in this volume were all written by David Kaplan in conjunction with the Provincetown Tennessee Williams Theater Festival, of which he is the curator and a co-founder. They are organized in two sections. The first section consists of ten essays written for each year of the Provincetown Festival, most included in the Festival catalogue for the year indicated. Those essays focus on each year's thematic selection of Williams plays--and other dance, music, and theater events--as well as some aspect of Williams' plays not always obvious in the text but essential to understanding the plays in production. The second section includes seven occasional essays, written for productions of Williams plays associated with the Festival. All the essays relate, in one way or another, to the story of what happened to the playwright during the last twenty years of his life and how his reputation is evolving since his death.

Not About Nightingales

Author: Tennessee Williams
Publisher: New Directions Publishing
ISBN: 9780811213806
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Follows the events of a prison atrocity in which convicts leading a hunger strike in a Pennsylvania prison were locked in a steam-heated cell and roasted to death

Tennessee Williams

Author: J. Bak
Publisher: Springer
ISBN: 1137308478
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This Literary Life draws extensively from the playwright's correspondences, notebooks, and archival papers to offer an original angle to the discussion of Williams's life and work, and the times and circumstances that helped produce it.

Tennessee Williams

Author: John Lahr
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing
ISBN: 1408845768
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On 31 March 1945, at The Playhouse Theatre on Forty-Eight Street the curtain rose on the opening night of The Glass Menagerie. Tennessee Williams, the show's thirty-four-year-old playwright, sat hunched in an aisle seat, looking, according to one paper, 'like a farm boy in his Sunday best'. The Broadway premiere, which had been heading for disaster, closed to an astonishing twenty-four curtain calls and became an instant sell-out. Beloved by an American public, Tennessee Williams's work – blood hot and personal – pioneered, as Arthur Miller declared, 'a revolution' in American theatre. Tracing Williams's turbulent moral and psychological shifts, acclaimed theatre critic John Lahr sheds new light on the man and his work, as well as the America his plays helped to define. Williams created characters so large that they have become part of American folklore: Blanche, Stanley, Big Daddy, Brick, Amanda and Laura transcend their stories, haunting us with their fierce, flawed lives. Similarly, Williams himself swung high and low in his single-minded pursuit of greatness. Lahr shows how Williams's late-blooming homosexual rebellion, his struggle against madness, his grief-struck relationships with his combustible father, prim and pious mother and 'mad' sister Rose, victim to one of the first lobotomies in America, became central themes in his drama. Including Williams's poems, stories, journals and private correspondence in his discussion of the work – posthumously Williams has been regarded as one of the best letter writers of his day – Lahr delivers an astoundingly sensitive and lively reassessment of one of America's greatest dramatists. Tennessee Williams: Mad Pilgrimage of the Flesh is the long-awaited, definitive life and a masterpiece of the biographer's art.

Where I Live

Author: Tennessee Williams
Publisher: New Directions Publishing
ISBN: 9780811207065
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Tennessee Williams' witty, engaging, and elegant essays are now available in a revised and much expanded edition.