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The Cambridge Companion to Tennessee Williams


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List of illustrations and acknowledgements; Notes on contributors; Chronology; Introduction Matthew C. Roudane; 1. Early Williams: the making of a playwright Allean Hale; 2. Entering The Glass Menagerie C. W. E. Bigsby; 3. A streetcar running fifty years Felicia Hardison Londre; 4. Camino Real: Williams's allegory about the fifties Jan Balakian; 5. Writing in 'A Place of Stone': Cat on a Hot Tin Roof Albert J. Devlin; 6. Before the fall - and after: Summer and Smoke and The Night of the Iguana Thomas 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 stories Nancy M. Tischler; 9. Seeking direction Brenda Murphy; 10. Hollywood in crisis: Tennessee Williams and the evolution of the adult film R. Barton Palmer; 11. Tennessee Williams: the last two decades Ruby Cohn; 12. Words on Williams: a bibliographical essay Jacqueline O'Connor; 13. The Strangest Kind of Romance: Tennessee Williams and his Broadway critics Jacqueline O'Connor; Index.

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This collection of thirteen original essays covers Williams's work from the early apprenticeship years in the 1930s to his last play before his death in 1983.


'The addition of Tennessee Williams to the list of subjects in this distinguished series of critical essays confirms his international status among twentieth-century authors. In celebrating his achievement, the critics in this collection offer analysis rather than censure, place Williams' plays in the context of critical thought and provide directors with a basis for mounting the plays afresh.' Studies in Theatre Production
"...this essential collection.... Strongly recommended for all public and academic libraries, for Williams fans as well as Williams scholars." Choice
"The Cambridge Companion to Tennessee Williams introduces readers to a contemporary and original critical overview of Williams's canon in an engaging and incisive manner. The fourteen essays contextualize the Williams canon through a judicious blend of biographical and historical detail and through a comprehensive examination of a literary and theatrical career that spanned nearly five decades. The strength of this companion lies in its incisively broad social provenance, in the cogent and compelling authority of its readings, and in its ability to accomodate a detailed historical perspective from a decidedly contemporary vantage point. All of the contributions offer precise, detailed, and accurate assessments of a canon that retains and expands its power to challenge responses to its impact. The Cambridge Companion to Tennessee Williams will undoubtedly be a necessary work for students and seasoned scholars alike." Christina Hunter, South Atlantic Review
"Makes significant strides in the direction of opening up the work of an essential medieval philospher to non-specialists. More than that, for its clearer contributions, it also holds open the possibility of reinvigorating the excitement and interest the expert." Medieval Review

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