Tennessee Williams: Pictures of an American Genius …
Because biographical and critical traditions have evolved within the academy, books and articles on Tennessee Williams vary in quality and usefulness. Williams scholarship, too, has drastically changed over the years due to the corrections of various biographical errors (and myths) and the reevaluation of his career after 1961, the year most critics have attributed to Williams’s artistic decline. Listed here are those sources—from the first serious study () to the later ones ( and )—that have withstood the test of time and are just as valuable in the early 21st century as they were when originally published. and , along with (cited under ), represent the first critical assessments of Williams’s oeuvre, largely augmented by , the author of which consulted many of Williams’s then-unpublished early and late works housed in various archives. is a more accessible introduction to Williams’s life and career, with its inclusion of hundreds of photographs, playbills, and posters enriching the various texts reproduced from newspapers and magazines. provides the most recent coverage of the many critical issues encountered in Williams’s major dramatic works.
Tennessee Williams | Culture | The Guardian
Next week marks the hundredth anniversary of the birth of Tennessee Williams. The man responsible for such classics as 'A Streetcar Named Desire' and 'Cat on a Hot Tin Roof' wrote many more plays in his lifetime, some of which never even made it to the stage. To mark the centenary, The Cock Tavern is staging two of his plays, neither of which has ever been performed here before. 'I Never Get Dressed Till After Dark on Sunday' will run from March 1, followed by 'A Cavalier for Milady' from March 29.
Tennesse Williams – A Portrait of Laughter and Lamentation is a story of the making of a friendship and a film. In the process, there emerges a dynamic, vibrant portrait of the man who is widely recognized as America’s greatest playwright. When Harry Rasky, one of the most prolific and innovative documentary filmmakers, persuaded Tennessee Williams to become a subject of a film, Rasky stated in the opening narrative, “In a sense this is a memory play about Tennessee Williams. What he once called the past, the present and the perhaps.” Rasky recognized that he would have to find where William’s head was. This is the story of how he went about doing just that, replete with all the laughter and lamentations that were experienced by them both in the process.
Tennessee Williams - New World Encyclopedia
Playwright Tennessee Williams was born on March 26, 1911, in Columbus, Mississippi. After college, he moved to New Orleans, a city that would inspire much of his writing. On March 31, 1945, his play, The Glass Menagerie, opened on Broadway and two years later A Streetcar Named Desire earned Williams his first Pulitzer Prize. Many of Williams' plays have been adapted to film starring screen greats like Marlon Brando and Elizabeth Taylor. Williams died in 1983.
Make voyages! Attempt them. There's nothing else. --Tennesse Williams
Van Antwerp, Margaret A., and Sally Johns, eds. Dictionary of Literary Biography, Documentary Series: An Illustrated Chronicle. Vol. 4, Tennessee Williams. Detroit: Gale, 1982–1984.