Tennessee Williams Tennessee Williams was born Thomas Lanier Williams on March 26, 1911 in Columbus, Mississippi. As a child, he lived with his mother and grandfather. When he was fourteen, Williams too first place in an essay contest sponsored by national magazine, The Smart Set. At the age of seventeen, his first published story appeared in the August 1928 issue of Weird Tales. A year later Williams entered the University of Missouri but in 1932 he withdrew and took a job at the shoe factory where his father held a job as a sales manager. In 1935 Williams returned to college and graduated from the University of Iowa in 1938.

Williams had begun writing plays while attending the University of Missouri and after his graduation he had supported himself doing a variety of small jobs. In 1939 he won a national drama award for a group of plays called American Blues. Williams achieved his first great stage success with The Glass Menagerie, which was produced in New York City in 1945. This play won the New York Drama Critics' Circle Prize as the years best play.

Williams averaged two plays a year since that time. On February 4, 1983, Tennessee Williams died in New York City. Throughout Williams' lifetime he has put forth more than twenty-five full-length plays, more than forty short plays, a dozen produced () screenplays and an opera libretto. These have been translated into at least twenty-seven languages, including Tamil, Welsh, Marathi and Hindi. In addition, there are two novels, a novella, more than sixty short stories, more than one hundred poems, an autobiography, a published volume of letters, introduction s to plays and books by others, and occasional pieces and reviews. PLAYS Baby Doll & Tiger Tail Camino Real Cat on a Hot Tin Roof Clothes for a Summer Hotel Dragon Country The Glass Menagerie A Lovely Sunday for Creve Coeur The Read Devil Battery Sign Small Craft Warnings Stopped Rocking and Other Screenplays A Streetcar Named Desire Sweet Bird of Youth THE THEATER OFTENNESSEE WILLIAMS, VOLUME 1 Battle of Angels, A Streetcar Named Desire, The Glass Menagerie THE THEATER OF TENNESSEE WILLIAMS, VOLUME II The Eccentricities of a Nightingale, Summer and Smoke, The Rose Tattoo, Camino Real THE THEATER OFTENNESSEE WILLIAMS, VOLUME III Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, Orpheus Descending, Suddenly Last Summer THE THEATER OF TENNESSEE WILLIAMS, VOLUME IV Sweet Bird of Youth, Period of Adjustment, The Night of the guan a THE THEATER OF TENNESSEE WILLIAMS, VOLUME V The Milk Train Doesn't Stop Here Anymore, Kingdom of Earth (The Seven Descents of Myrtle), Small Craft Warnings, The Two-Character Play THE THEATER OF TENNESSEE WILLIAMS, VOLUME VI 27 Wagons Full of Cotton and Other Short Plays THE THEATER OF TENNESSEE WILLIAMS, VOLUME VII In the Bar of a Tokyo Hotel and Other Plays THE THEATER OF TENNESSEE WILLIAMS, VOLUME VIII Vieux Carre, A Lovely Sunday for Creve Coeur, Clothes for a Summer Hotel, The Red Devil Battery Sign 27 Wagons Full of Cotton and Other Plays The Two-Character Play Vieux Carre POETRY Androgyne, Mon Amour In the Winter of Cities PROSE Collected Stories Hard Candy and Other Stories One Arm and Other Stories The Roman Spring of Mrs.

Stone Where I Live: Selected Essays.