By Ralph F. Voss, George W. Crandell, Philip C. Kolin, Albert J. Devlin, Jeffrey B. Loomis, Robert Siegel, Nancy M. Tischler, Allean Hale, Barbara M. Harris, Michael Paller, W. Kenneth Holditch, Dan Sullivan
during this distinct and fascinating assortment, twelve essays have fun the legacy of 1 of America's most vital playwrights and examine Williams's enduring impression on America's cultural, theatrical, and literary heritage.
Like Faulkner prior to 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. even though he died in 1983, only in the near past have Williams's papers turn into on hand to the general public, bringing to gentle a couple of exciting discoveries—letters, drafts, and several other unpublished and unproduced performs.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 displays 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 themes, between them the effect of pop culture on Williams's performs, and, in flip, his impact on pop culture; his courting to Hollywood and his struggles with censorship, Hollywood criteria, and the competing imaginative and prescient of administrators resembling Elia Kazan; his depictions of gender and sexuality; and concerns raised via lately found plays.
an individual drawn to American literature and drama will locate this number of clean, available essays a lucrative point of view at the lifestyles, paintings, and legacy of 1 of the intense stars of yankee theatre.