27 Wagons Full of Cotton: And Other One-Act Plays

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They are full of the perception of life as it is, and the passion for life as it ought to be, which have made The Glass Menagerie and A Streetcar Named Desire classics of the American theater.

Only one of these plays (The Purification) is written in verse, but in all of them the approach to character is by way of poetic revelation. Whether Williams is writing of derelict roomers in a New Orleans boarding house (The Lady of Larkspur Lotion) or the memories of a venerable ...

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Overview

They are full of the perception of life as it is, and the passion for life as it ought to be, which have made The Glass Menagerie and A Streetcar Named Desire classics of the American theater.

Only one of these plays (The Purification) is written in verse, but in all of them the approach to character is by way of poetic revelation. Whether Williams is writing of derelict roomers in a New Orleans boarding house (The Lady of Larkspur Lotion) or the memories of a venerable traveling salesman (The Last of My Solid Gold Watches) or of delinquent children (This Property is Condemned), his insight into human nature is that of the poet. He can compress the basic meaning of life—its pathos or its tragedy, its bravery or the quality of its love—into one small scene or a few moments of dialogue.

Mr. Williams's views on the role of the little theater in American culture are contained in a stimulating essay, "Something wild...," which serves as an introduction to this collection.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780811202251
  • Publisher: New Directions Publishing Corporation
  • Publication date: 1/28/1966
  • Edition number: 3
  • Pages: 238
  • Sales rank: 291,906
  • Product dimensions: 5.20 (w) x 8.00 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Tennessee Williams (1911-1983) is the acclaimed author of many books of letters, short stories, poems, essays, and a large collection of plays, including The Glass Menagerie, A Streetcar Named Desire, Camino Real, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, Orpheus Descending, The Night of the Iguana, and The Rose Tattoo.

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  • Posted July 23, 2013

    Highly Recommended for Theatre Lovers

    This is a great collection of Tennessee Williams's one act plays, all of them beautifully written.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 17, 2009

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    I love Tennessee Williams!

    From watching his plays on Broadway to seeing them on the big screen, Tennessee Williams never fails to fully develop his characters, whether the play is one act or five. I have even had the pleasure to teaching my class "A Street Car Named Desire".

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