Critical Essays on Tennessee Williams

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G. K. Hall's three series of critical essays give comprehensive coverage of major authors worldwide and throughout history. The full range of literary traditions and schools is represented. Each new volume is carefully conceived and developed to fill a gap in the literary criticism available today. Volume editors are established authorities on the lives, works, and critical receptions of their subjects. They are uniquely qualified to ensure the spectrum of critical controversies, trends, and techniques inspired ...
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G. K. Hall's three series of critical essays give comprehensive coverage of major authors worldwide and throughout history. The full range of literary traditions and schools is represented. Each new volume is carefully conceived and developed to fill a gap in the literary criticism available today. Volume editors are established authorities on the lives, works, and critical receptions of their subjects. They are uniquely qualified to ensure the spectrum of critical controversies, trends, and techniques inspired by their subjects in their own countries and abroad, in their own eras and today. Each volume features: an introduction which provides the reader with a lucid overview of criticism from its beginnings illuminating controversies, evaluating approaches, and sorting out the schools of thought the most influential reviews and the best of reprinted scholarly essays a section devoted exclusively to reviews and reactions by the subject's contemporaries, original essays, new translations, and revisions commissioned especially for the series previously unpublished materials such as interviews, lost letters, and manuscript fragments a bibliography of the subject s writings and interviews a name and subject index Few people are indifferent to Tennessee Williams's gripping dramas, which include The Glass Menagerie, A Streetcar Named Desire, and Cat on a Hot Tin Roof. Some deplore his preoccupation with sex and violence while others praise his determined exploration of desire and compulsion; some hail his contribution to theatrical art while others suggest that he sacrificed his talent for popular success. This comprehensive volume includes contemporary reviews of each play, commentary on his life and work, a chronology of his plays and short story collections, and an introduction tracing the scholarly work done on Williams to date.
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Reprints 36 reviews and articles on the work of Tennessee Williams. Presents six original essays on the revision of Camino Real, psychological aspects of The Glass Menagerie and The Two Character Play, the use of monologues and mirrors in Sweet Bird of Youth, survivors and dreamers in various plays, and Williams' concept of plastic form and his use of death as metaphor. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
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Table of Contents

General Editor's Note
Publisher's Note
Acknowledgments
Plays and Short-Story Collections
Introduction 1
Reviews
The Glass Menagerie (1945)
[From the New York Journal-American] 19
[From the New York Sun] 21
[From the New York World-Telegram] 23
A Streetcar Named Desire (1947)
[From the New York Sun] 25
[From the New York World-Telegram] 27
[From New York PM] 29
Summer and Smoke (1948)
[From the New York Journal-American] 31
[From the New York Sun] 33
The Rose Tattoo (1951)
[From the New York Daily Mirror] 35
[From the New York Journal-American] 37
[From the New York World-Telegram and The Sun] 39
Camino Real (1953)
[From the New York Journal-American] 41
[From the New York World-Telegram and The Sun] 43
Cat on a Hot Tin Roof (1955)
[From the New York Daily Mirror] 45
[From the New York Journal-American] 47
[From the New York World-Telegram and The Sun] 49
Sweet Bird of Youth (1959)
[From the New York World-Telegram and The Sun] 51
[From the New York Daily Mirror] 53
The Night of the Iguana (1961)
[From the New York Journal-American] 55
[From the New York World-Telegram and The Sun] 57
Clothes for a Summer Hotel (1980)
[From the New York Times] 59
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The Circle Closed: A Psychological Reading of The Glass Menagerie and The Two Character Play 65
Realism and Theatricalism in A Streetcar Named Desire 83
The Grotesque Children of The Rose Tattoo 94
Williams and the Broadway Audience: The Revision of Camino Real 107
Blanche DuBois and Maggie the Cat: Illusion and Reality in Tennessee Williams 119
The Rebirth of Orpheus Descending 132
Monologues and Mirrors in Sweet Bird of Youth 143
Period of Adjustment: High Comedy Over a Cavern 152
Apparent Sophoclean Echoes in Tennessee Williams's Night of the Iguana 163
Sexual Imagery in Tennessee Williams' Kingdom of Earth 172
When Ghosts Supplant Memories: Tennessee Williams' Clothes for a Summer Hotel 175
Overviews
Tennessee Williams: The Idea of a "Plastic Form" 191
The Three Halves of Tennessee Williams's World 209
Memory, Dream, and Myth in the Plays of Tennessee Williams 221
Tennessee Williams: Dramatist of Frustration 234
Tennessee Williams and the Predicament of Women 243
Accepting Reality: Survivors and Dreamers in Tennessee Williams 249
Tennessee Williams' Gallery of Feminine Characters 259
The Search for Hope in the Plays of Tennessee Williams 276
Late Tennessee Williams 286
Death As Metaphor 295
Index 305
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