Camino Real

Camino Real

by Tennessee Williams
     
 

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In this phantasmagorical play, the Camino Real is a dead end, a police state in a vaguely Latin American country, and an inescapable condition. Characters from history and literature—Don Quixote, Casanova, Camille, Lord Byron—inhabit a place where corruption and indifference have immobilized and nearly destroyed the human spirit. Then, into this

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In this phantasmagorical play, the Camino Real is a dead end, a police state in a vaguely Latin American country, and an inescapable condition. Characters from history and literature—Don Quixote, Casanova, Camille, Lord Byron—inhabit a place where corruption and indifference have immobilized and nearly destroyed the human spirit. Then, into this netherworld, the archetypal Kilroy arrives—a sailor and all-American guy with “a heart as big as the head of baby.” Celebrated American playwright John Guare has written an illuminative Introduction for this edition. Also included are Williams’ original Foreword and Afterword to the play, the one-act play "Ten Blocks on the Camino Real," plus an essay by noted Tennessee Williams scholar Michael Paller.

Editorial Reviews

NY Times
A strange and disturbing drama...as eloquent and rhythmic as a piece of music.
NY World-Telegram
CAMINO REAL is a brilliant and riotous adventure. It succeeds in making tangible for all your senses the delirious pains and ecstasy of a wild dream.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780811202183
Publisher:
New Directions Publishing Corporation
Publication date:
01/28/1970
Edition description:
Instructor's Edition
Pages:
161
Product dimensions:
5.20(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.50(d)

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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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