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  • Later Plays Of Tennessee Williams
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    Tennessee Williams and the South, by Kenneth Holditch and Richard Freeman Leavitt. Jackson: University Press of Mississippi, 2002. vu, 184 pp. $30.00; Magical Muse: Millennial Essay's on Tennessee Williams, edited by Ralph F. Voss. Tuscaloosa: University of Alabama Press, 2002. xii, 251 pp. $39.95; The Undiscovered Country: The Later Plays of Tennessee Williams, edited by Philip C. Kolin. New York: Peter Lang, 2002.240 pp. $32.95. IT is "OUT OF REGRET FOR A SOUTH that no longer exists that I wri...
  • Tennessee Williams
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    "Everything in his life is in his plays, and everything in his plays is in his life", Elia Kazan said of Tennessee Williams. Williams, who is considered to be the greatest Southern playwright, inserted many of his own personal experiences into his writing, because he "found no other means of expressing things that seemed to demand expression" (Magill 1087). He stated that his primary sources of inspiration for his works were his family, the South, and the multiple writers he encountered in his l...
  • Outcast Characters In Tennessee Williams's Major Plays
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    Thesis: The outcasts in Tennessee Williams's major plays suffer, not because of the acts or situations which make them outcasts but because of the destructive effect of conventional morality upon them. More than a half century has passed since critics and theater-goers recognized Tennessee Williams (1911-1983) as an important-perhaps the most important-American playwright. Two recent events, however, have created renewed interest in his work. The first is the death in 1996 of Maria St. Just, who...
  • Outcast Characters In Tennessee Williams's Major Plays
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    More than a half century has passed since critics and theater-goers recognized Tennessee Williams (1911-1983) as an important American playwright, whose plays fellow dramaturge David Mamet calls "the greatest dramatic poetry in the American language" (qty. in Griffin 13). Williams's repertoire includes some 30 full-length plays, numerous short plays, two volumes of poetry, and five volumes of essays and short stories. He won two Pulitzer Prizes (for A Streetcar Named Desire in 1947 and Cat on a ...
  • Williams Mother Edwina Williams And Laura
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    Tennessee Williams' Life and The Glass Menagerie The Glass Menagerie first opened on March 31, 1945. It was the first big success of Tennessee Williams' career. It is in many ways about the life of Tennessee Williams himself, as well as a play of fiction that he wrote. He says in the beginning, 'I give you truth in the pleasant disguise of illusion'; (1147). The characters Tom, Laura, and Amanda are very much like Williams, his sister Rose, and his mother Edwina. We can see this very clearly whe...
  • Glass Menagerie By Tennessee Williams Characters
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    Parallels of Tennessee Williams' Life and The Glass Menagerie In the play "The Glass Menagerie" by Tennessee Williams, there are many similarities between the character's lives and the lives of the author and his family. The characters include the members of the Wingfield family - Tom, his mother Amanda, his sister Laura, and Tom and Laura's father, represented by a portrait. Also included is the character Jim O'Connor, the gentleman caller. The character of Tom Wingfield is nearly autobiographi...
  • Glass Menagerie The Theater Of Tennessee Williams
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    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 w...
  • Tennessee Williams
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    Tennessee Lanier Williams was born on March 26, 1911 in Columbus, Mississippi. He was the second child of Cornelius Coffin and Edwina Dakin Williams. The family lived in Clarksdale, Mississippi for some time before moving to St. Louis in 1918. At 16 he won third prize for an essay he wrote and received $5. One year later he published "The Vengeance of Nitocris" in Weird Tales. Tennessee entered the University of Missouri in 1929. There he became interested in playwriting. In 1931 he began work f...
  • Glass Menagerie By Tennessee Williams
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    The Glass Menagerie by Tennessee Williams is a touching play about the lost dreams of a southern family and their struggle to escape reality. The play is a memory play and therefore very poetic in mood, setting, and dialogue. Tom Wingfield serves as the narrator as well as a character in the play. Tom lives with his Southern belle mother, Amanda, and his painfully shy sister, Laura. The action of the play revolves around Amanda's search to find Laura a "gentleman caller. The Glass Menagerie's pl...
  • Blanche Dubois And Stanley Kowalski
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    Poetic References Poetry, like many art forms (music, dance, painting) inspires moods and emotions. Throughout Tennessee Williams' life, he read the poetry of Edgar Allan Poe, Elizabeth Barrett Browning, D.H. Lawrence, and Hart Crane some examples of poetry that inspired Tennessee Williams throughout the writing of A Streetcar Named Desire. After asking Stella "What on earth are you doing in a place like this?" Blanche claims that "Only Mr. Edgar Allan Poe - could do it justice! Out there, I sup...

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