during this particular and fascinating assortment, twelve essays have a good time the legacy of 1 of America's most vital playwrights and examine Williams's enduring impact on America's cultural, theatrical, and literary heritage.
Like Faulkner ahead of him, Tennessee Williams gave common attract southern characters and settings. His significant performs, from Cat on a scorching Tin Roof and The Glass Menagerie to A Streetcar Named Desire and Night of the Iguana, proceed to catch America's renowned mind's eye, an important legacy. notwithstanding he died in 1983, only in the near past have Williams's papers develop into on hand to the general public, bringing to mild a couple of fascinating discoveries—letters, drafts, and a number of other unpublished and unproduced performs. those fresh advancements make a reassessment of Williams's existence and paintings either well timed and needed.

The essays during this assortment originated as shows on the twenty seventh annual Alabama Symposium on English and American Literature on the college of Alabama in 1999. The publication addresses a variety of issues, between them the effect of pop culture on Williams's performs, and, in flip, his impression on pop culture; his courting to Hollywood and his struggles with censorship, Hollywood criteria, and the competing imaginative and prescient of administrators equivalent to Elia Kazan; his depictions of gender and sexuality; and concerns raised through lately stumbled on plays.

an individual attracted to American literature and drama will locate this selection of clean, available essays a profitable point of view at the lifestyles, paintings, and legacy of 1 of the brilliant stars of yank theatre.


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