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Title:
The Cambridge companion to Tennessee Williams
Author:
Roudané, Matthew Charles, 1953-
Publication Information:
Cambridge, U.K. ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 1997.
Physical Description:
xxiv, 277 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm.
Language:
English
Contents:
Introduction / Early Williams: the making of a playwright / Entering The Glass Menagerie / Streetcar running fifty years / Camino Real: Williams's allegory about the fifties / Writing in "a place of stone": Cat on a Hot Tin Roof / Before the fall - and after: Summer and Smoke and The Night of the Iguana / Sacrificial stud and the fugitive female in Suddenly Last Summer, Orpheus Descending, and Sweet Bird of Youth

Romantic textures in Tennessee Williams's plays and short stories / Creative rewriting: European and American influences on the dramas of Tennessee Williams / Seeking direction / Hollywood in crisis: Tennessee Williams and the evolution of the adult film / Tennessee Williams: the last two decades / Words on Williams: a bibliographic essay / Strangest Kind of Romance: Tennessee Williams and his Broadway critics
ISBN:
9780521495332
Format :
Book

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Central Library PS3545.I5365 Z614 1997 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area
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Summary

This is a collection of thirteen original essays from a team of leading scholars in the field. In this wide-ranging volume, the contributors cover a healthy sampling of Williams's works, from the early apprenticeship years in the 1930s through to his last play before his death in 1983, Something Cloudy, Something Clear. In addition to essays on such major plays as The Glass Menagerie, A Streetcar Named Desire, and Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, among others, the contributors also consider selected minor plays, short stories, poems, and biographical concerns. The Companion also features a chapter on selected key productions as well as a bibliographic essay surveying the major critical statements on Williams.


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Williams's life, works, and critical reputation are the subjects of the 14 essays written for this essential collection on "the poet of the heart." Roudane (Georgia State Univ.) emphasizes Williams's revolutionary combination of "lyricism and experimentalism," especially in his many plays. Essayists also discuss some of the poems and short stories, along with film adaptations ranging from The Glass Menagerie (1950) to Sweet Bird of Youth (1962). Individual essays treat such well-known dramas as A Streetcar Named Desire and Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, but the volume also pays detailed attention to Camino Real, Summer and Smoke, and other less familiar works. Professors Adler, Balakian, Bigsby, Clum, Cohn, Debusscher, Devlin, Hale, Londre, Murphy, O'Connor, Palmer, and Tischler represent a wide range of approaches, from gender studies to new historicism, and many of these contributors draw on Williams's unpublished letters and Lyle Leverich's authorized biography Tom: The Unknown Tennessee Williams (CH, Mar'96), resources unavailable to the authors of the essays reprinted in Tennessee Williams (1987) in Harold Bloom's "Modern Critical Views" series. Surprisingly, the index does not list any of Williams's plays, the very core of the book. Strongly recommended for all public and academic libraries, for Williams fans as well as Williams scholars. J. W. Hall University of Mississippi


Table of Contents

List of illustrations and acknowledgements
Notes on contributors
Chronology
IntroductionMatthew C. Roudané
1 Early Williams: the making of a playwrightAllean Hale
2 Entering The Glass MenagerieC. W. E. Bigsby
3 A streetcar running fifty years FeliciaHardison Londré
4 Camino Real: Williams's allegory about the fiftiesJan Balakian
5 Writing in 'A Place of Stone': Cat on a Hot Tin RoofAlbert J. Devlin
6 Before the fall - and after: Summer and Smoke and The Night of the IguanaThomas P. Adler
7 The sacrificial stud and the fugitive female in Suddenly Last Summer, Orpheus Descending, and Sweet Bird of Youth John M. Clum
8 Romantic textures in Tennessee Williams's plays and short storiesNancy M. Tischler
9 Seeking directionBrenda Murphy
10 Hollywood in crisis: Tennessee Williams and the evolution of the adult filmR. Barton Palmer
11 Tennessee Williams: the last two decadesRuby Cohn
12 Words on Williams: a bibliographical essayJacqueline O'Connor
13 The Strangest Kind of Romance: Tennessee Williams and his Broadway critics Jacqueline O'Connor
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